By Angela Greene: Hotel’s commitment to inclusivity demonstrated through training young adults with learning disabilities.
The Stirling Highland Hotel, a member of the Cairn Hotel Group, has proudly inaugurated Project Search, a transformative internship programme in partnership with Forth Valley College, Stirling Council, and other leading employability organisations.
Seven enthusiastic interns – Craig, Maisie, Amy, Brian, Annalise, Joe, and Lily – have joined the hotel’s team. They are undertaking three bespoke rotations across the hotel’s various departments including the restaurant, spa and leisure centre, front of house, maintenance, housekeeping, and the kitchen. This diverse exposure is intended to cultivate a multitude of skill sets, from customer service to technical prowess.
It underscores the hotel’s commitment to inclusivity and community responsibility by offering a dynamic work experience to young adults with learning disabilities.
The Project SEARCH initiative is designed to equip young individuals with not just employability skills but also social and life competencies essential for personal growth and professional development. The hotel’s environment offers a real-life context for interns to thrive under guidance, increasing their confidence and independence.
By the end of the nine-month programme, the goal is for each participant to have gained not only practical hotel industry experience but also a solid foundation for sustained employment. The Stirling Highland Hotel and its partners at Forth Valley College and Stirling Council are committed to seeing this vision come to life, contributing to a more inclusive and skilled workforce.
Derek Anderson, general manager at Stirling Highland said: “We are delighted to be given the opportunity to be a part of Project Search and develop young adults as they make their way into the working world, launching their careers. The progress the team has made since coming onboard has truly been inspiring and we look forward to what the future brings.”