Portree High School Pupils Gain Employability Skills at the Skye Food & Drink Festival 2018

The Skye Food and Drink Festival is a celebration of food and drink from across Skye and the surrounding regions. There were many exciting opportunities to taste and buy local produce and see cookery demonstrations, as well as experience the live music  throughout the two-day festival.

As part of the delivery, the Skye Food and Drink Festival team asked if DYW West Highland could support the event which would provide Portree High School pupils who are interested in the hospitality sector, with some hospitality and event experience.

The team of four pupils, built upon their employability skills such as team work, problem solving, communication skills and gained a greater understanding of how events like this are delivered.

Festival Organiser, Pam Allen, said: “The pupils have been of immense use helping to set up various events, guiding visitors and supporting stall holders making sure that everything ran without any hitches.”

Lesley Hellon, Programme Coordinator at Developing the Young Workforce West Highland commented: “The two-day event was a huge success, not only for the pupils of Portree High School, but for all the stall holders and visitors to sample the wares of all the amazing local businesses, something that we can all be proud of.”

Congratulations to the pupils on receiving great feedback in recognition of their hard work. Also, a massive thank you to the team at The Skye Food and Drink Festival for providing this wonderful opportunity.

Last year 130 Portree High School pupils also got the opportunity to see The Masterchef: The Professionals winner, Garry MacLean, at The Skye Food and Drink Festival. You can read more about this here.

For further information about how to get involved with DYW WH, please phone us on: 01397 705 765 or pop in and see us at: Lochaber Chamber of Commerce, 15 High Street, Fort William, PH33 6DH. Alternatively, you can email us on: info@dywwesthighland.org