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Scottish government sets up task group to review hospitality qualifications

24 October 2008

Scotland has set up a task force to review qualifications within the hospitality and tourism sector.

The newly-formed group has been launched to ensure that current qualifications are relevant to the changing needs of the industry.

It includes representatives from industry, education, skills bodies and the college and university sectors. Its remit is to:

• Identify what hospitality and tourism qualifications are available and advise ministers on what is required to make them more relevant and responsive to employer needs during these uncertain times
• Establish how many and what type of hotel school developments are currently under consideration in Scotland and advise on how these can support the industry's needs
• Summarise, for the industry, the roles of the respective public bodies in relation to qualifications development, validation and funding.

Minister for Schools and Skills, Maureen Watt, said: "Ensuring that those within the industry and those seeking to join it in the future, have access to the right skills and training is essential - both for employees and employers.

"The task group will help us ensure that resources are targeted towards skills and training that best meets the industry's requirements and that training is also sufficiently flexible to adapt to those changes needs."

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By Rosie Birkett

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