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SRUC and the Skills Partnership Join Forces to bring Activity Tourism to Loch Lomond

Published Wednesday, 15th October 2014 in Study at SRUC news

Activity Tourism event - Oatridge Campus and the Loch Lomond and Trossachs Skills Partnership

SRUC Oatridge Campus lecturers, the Loch Lomond and Trossachs Skills Partnership, school pupils and local businesses met recently to explore the opportunities for young people in activity tourism.

Run by Fiona Jackson, Skills Partnership Business Coordinator from the local Community Partnership, the event took place at Tyndrum, on the SRUC Kirkton and Auchtertyre research farms. It offered a perfect back drop for a day full of activities for students which included a taster in willow weaving, bug hunting, team building and archery. These showcased the range of underlying skills and attitudes necessary for those looking to work in the tourism sector such as team work, organisation, communication and enthusiasm.

Niall Evans, SRUC Head of Environmental and Countryside Management, who was one of the organisers of the day, said: “Activity tourism covers a wide range of activities from thrill seeking pursuits such as mountain biking to much less energetic activities such wildlife watching, fishing, hill walking and traditional arts and crafts.

“With events like these we are able to show young people how much a career in activity tourism can offer as well as the education provision available, and we can help grow vital links with local businesses which can see the development of work experience placements.”

Throughout the day it became clear just how significant activity tourism is to the Loch Lomond and Trossachs area, with many businesses relying on it for some or all of their income. Staff from local enterprises – including Stuart Cordner from Cruise Loch Lomond, Lucy Tozer from the Forestry Commission Scotland and Mark Aitken from Can You Experience – gave talks, describing the type of employee they were looking for and how some of them got into this exciting industry.

The employers’ talks, which gave a flavour of what an activity tourism career could involve, were followed by presentations from SRUC lecturers who highlighted how courses could prepare students for a career in this industry.

The event was a huge success with a number of employers agreeing to take up apprentices or get involved in work experience programmes, building stronger ties with schools and education and training providers.

For more information please email Emilia.Barrero@sruc.ac.uk or call 01506 864 800.

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