Business over breakfast in Aberdeen’s Norwood Hall Hotel

More than 80 delegates, representing every sector of Aberdeen’s business community, gathered at Norwood Hall Hotel on Wednesday 4 February to find out how they can help a young person prepare for a career in their industry by supporting Career Ready.

This year’s Business Breakfast event was hosted by Norwood Hall Hotel and attendees included Total, Lockheed Martin, Petrasco, Aberdeen Football Club, Expro Group, John Lewis, Sodexho and many more. During the event, delegates heard from students who have benefited from the programme of mentoring, masterclasses, workplace visits and internships, as well as from local employers who already support the programme.

Elizabeth Hough, Head of Human Resources at Norwood Hall Hotel and Pittodrie House Hotel, is spearheading the hotel chain’s involvement with the charity. She commented: “I heard of Career Ready at an event similar to this and it really struck a chord with me. I’m thrilled the hotel hosted this year’s meeting. As a current mentor I want to signal that the Aberdeen City and Shire hospitality business is opening its doors to the programme and is keen to play its part.”

Chris Milne, General Manager of Commercial at logistics company Petrasco, said of the event: “Many people believe that recruitment initiatives are aimed solely at the graduate market, when in reality there is healthy competition for school leavers also. For us to be able to potentially engage with a committed intern, that we can train and introduce to our business is a great benefit.”

Isobel Maughan, Career Ready Regional Manager for North East Scotland added: “Despite the current economic turmoil in Aberdeen there still exists a focus on the next generation, with many companies still willing to support and inspire those keen to look for that positive next step after school. We are thrilled at the level of support for the Business Breakfast as we enter our third year of Career Ready in Aberdeen City and Shire.”