Enterprise Academy Parkhill CASE STUDY: Hilton Glasgow and Parkhill Secondary School - March 2017

Additional needs pupils are being helped to find jobs thanks to a unique new enterprise hub. Parkhill Secondary has become home to Enterprise Academy Parkhill where pupils can learn skills for work.

The centre includes a working kitchen and cafe, horticultural facilities - and even a full en-suite Hilton hotel bedroom.

"About a year ago, the head of inclusion at Glasgow City Council came out and said they would like to invest money to create a vocational hub.
It meant we had the chance to go away and think about exactly what would benefit the pupils most, creating a purpose-designed facility from scratch."

Margaret Murray, Inclusion Development Officer

In 2016 through DYW Glasgow, Hilton Glasgow committed to a three-year partnership with the school so were keen to be involved. Hilton provided a full hotel bedroom with en-suite bathroom to be built into the hub so pupils can learn Hilton standard housekeeping, trained by the hotel's staff, without having to leave school - a fantastic example of DYW in action.

In addition, DYW Glasgow were able to fund additional equipment to enhance the vocational hub through their Opportunity Fund in November 2016.

Megan Rollins, 18, is studying for a National Progression Award (NPA) in Hospitality, including banqueting and cookery. She is in school from Monday to Wednesday then heads out to City of Glasgow College for banqueting classes on Thursdays and Glasgow Clyde College on Fridays for catering classes.

Her classmate, Sean Flanagan, is similarly studying banqueting and also silver service. He has been involved in a work placement portering and serving at Glasgow Hilton and has recently had a trial for a paid job.

"Silver service can be complicated but I look at pictures of how the table should be laid out and memorise them. I really like meeting new people and on any day at the Hilton I can serve from a table of 10 to 400. Glasgow is the perfect place to have these skills because we have more restaurants than anywhere else and so I hope to always have a job somewhere"

Sean Flanagan, Parkhill Secondary School

A number of the pupils have already benefitted from the new hub and have secured work experience across the city with job offers in the pipeline for others.

Keen horticulture student Ryan Smith, 17, has been on placement with the council's LES, tending roses in Tollcross Park.

"I love being outdoors and I hope they give me a job"
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