Five-star effort pays off

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When a quiet and shy Gavin Keith from Leven first decided to join a computing course he never dreamt it would change his life forever.

The 21-year-old has recently secured a full-time position as an events co-ordinator with the prestigious five-star St Andrews Old Course Hotel, Golf Resort and Spa and its all thanks to his own hard work and determination.

Gavin joined the SVQ IT Users course at Adam Smith College in 2011. Thanks to the college’s links with the hotel, Gavin’s lecturer Sandra Paterson was able to organise a placement for him, recognising that he had the right attitude and skills that would benefit both the hotel and Gavin.

The hotel staff were so impressed with Gavin’s commitment and willingness to learn that they were keen to keep him on and offered him a full-time position within their events team.

Gavin is currently undergoing training on how to manage a wide range of events from weddings and conferences to lunches and dinners and is enjoying working for a hotel which is renowned for luxury and excellent service.

He said: “To work in such a beautiful setting overlooking the 17th hole of the most famous golf course in the world is a privilege and an honour. The staff are all fantastic and have been extremely supportive. I loved the placement here and it was like a dream come true to be offered a permanent position.

“I am extremely grateful to my lecturer and mentor Sandra Paterson for all her help. I would definitely recommend studying at Adam Smith – combining a qualification and a placement certainly opened the right doors for me.”

Karen Forbes, senior events co-ordinator at the Old Course Hotel said: “Not only did Gavin have all the right skills to fill a gap that became available in our team, he also had the right approach and commitment to good customer service and attention to detail – skills which are vital when organising events. There is a lot to learn but we are confident that Gavin will soon be leading on events by himself.”

Gavin’s lecturer Sandra Paterson added: “I have watched Gavin grow from a quiet and shy student into a professional young man with confidence, great skills and ability. I am delighted that everything has worked out for him and wish him all the very best in his new career.”