Hospitality students at Fife College have had their job prospects boosted thanks to a new partnership with Fairmont St Andrews.
The prestigious resort has established a working partnership agreement with the college, which it says will strengthen links between the two.
Bryan McCabe, Fife College’s head of business, enterprise and tourism, visited Fairmont St Andrews to sign the agreement, along with students Lynne Gilfillan (42), Josh Ford (16) and Keith Wallace (54). All three students are currently studying NQ Events.
Bryan said: “This agreement is a great step for the College. It will mean that more students will have the opportunity to gain work experience with a large hotel. We are looking forward to the students getting to see the hotel working live and also being involved in events, functions and more.”
The partnership agreement, and closer working ties, have already benefited Keith, who has now started work at Fairmont St Andrews as a food and beverage server.
He said: “I’ve just started at the hotel thanks to my studies at Fife College and I’m really enjoying it. It’s hard work, but really rewarding and I’m learning a lot.
“It’s great to experience working at such a large and busy hotel that involves so many different aspects of the industry. I’m sure that more students will be presented with similar chances and I’d urge them all to take them!”
Fairmont St Andrews, which opened in 2001, has 209 rooms as well as six dining outlets, a spa and two golf courses. The hotel’s human resource manager, Carol-Ann Hibbert, is a Fife College graduate and joined the Fairmont’s staff when it first opened.
Franck Bruyere, director of food and beverage at Fairmont St Andrews, commented: “We are very excited about this partnership agreement and working more closely with Fife College.
“It is important to us to be able to recruit local people with the skills we need and the drive to develop - working with the College will help to achieve this.”
For more information on courses available at Fife College, including NQ Events, visit the Fife College website www.fife.ac.uk.