Fife pupils taste a great careers workshop

Pupils from across Fife including Levenmouth Academy, Kirkcaldy High School, St Andrew’s RC High School, Viewforth High School and Starley Hall participated in an interactive day at Fife Colleges St Brycedale Campus. The day was designed to give them a taste of the careers that exist within the Food and Drink and the Hospitality and Tourism Sectors.

Pupils took part in a wide range of workshops from a masterclass in making Ice-cream and the power of social media from Jannettas of St Andrews, to using a virtual reality head set from the Royal Highland Education Trust to “tour” a cattle farm. The pupil also had a lesson from the Head Chef of the Old Course Hotel followed by brewing up their own Mocktails!

Pupils taking part in food career workshop

Lindsey Robertson for Fife College said ‘It was great to welcome so many pupils to the College. The young people thoroughly embraced the opportunity to explore what goes on in the food, drink and hospitality sectors. The workshops were a tremendous success with some fantastic food being made. Working with partners from industry to deliver this special day was one of the highlights. Local businesses were fantastic donating time and products to make this event such a success.’

Tyler Grubb, a pupil at Kirkcaldy High School really enjoyed the day saying: "I’m really enjoying the workshops today, it’s really good for me because I want to be a Chef after I’ve left school".

The pupils thoroughly enjoyed the day’s activities and were delighted that the Lord Provost of Fife attended to support them and to award some prizes to pupils who had done exceptionally well throughout the day.

Pamela Stevenson, Service Manager, Fife Council’s Economic Development team said: It is encouraging to see so many of our young people showing an interest in one of our key sectors. The collaboration of partners and local businesses provided an excellent range of workshops to give the young people a real flavour of what it would be like to work in the Food and Drink industry and increase their understanding of career options ahead.

Fife Council’s Economic Development Team partnered with Fife College, Food from Fife, Springboard and the Royal Highland Education Trust to deliver this event through the Culture of Enterprise programme, which works to design and deliver enterprise programmes to young people in schools across Fife, while building on employability skills.

The partnership hope to be working together to run similar events in the future to encourage more young people to consider a career in some of Fife’s most vibrant, growing sectors.