Children From Robroyston Learn New Skills And Receive Valuable Support From Hilton Strathclyde

This information originated in U.K. English.

October 24, 2012

BELLSHILL, Scotland - Hilton Strathclyde is taking action to help young people in Robroyston achieve their full potential.

Team members from the hotel and the Livingwell Health Club have collaborated with St Philomena's Primary School to deliver a programme of events designed to introduce the children to the world of hospitality, as well as allow team members the opportunity to pass on their skills and guidance to a brand new audience.

Julie Beaton, deputy manager of Hilton Strathclyde, and Linda Bertolacci, deputy head teacher of St Philomena's have established a new partnership to give the children vocational access to training in food skills, nutrition, finance, healthy eating and exercise whilst working within the existing curriculum to ensure the children benefit academically.

Hilton Strathclyde team members will visit the school to pass on their knowledge, however the children will also have the opportunity to visit Hilton Strathclyde to see behind the scenes of a working hotel, visit the swimming pool and gym as well as observe a fully functioning, professional kitchen.

Beaton said, "We plan to work closely with Linda and the team at St Philomena's to develop a set of events which will benefit both the children and their parents in giving access to a brand new set of skills."

Over the coming months, the team will also be undertaking some essential volunteer work to help bring the school play environment up to a better standard, including painting hopscotch and other playground games in the children's yard, planting a friendship garden as well as installing a bench and planting flowers.

Linda Bertolacci, deputy head teacher of St Philomena's, said, "This business partnership is an amazing opportunity for the children in St. Philomena's to bring the Curriculum for Excellence to life.

"As teachers, we strive on a daily basis to provide our children with real life experiences from which they can become true responsible citizens, effective contributors, successful learners and confident individuals. The planned programme of events includes financial education, enterprise education, health and wellbeing and literacy and numeracy skills.

"It will provide the children with a wealth of knowledge and experiences that they will be able to look back on in years to come and say, 'I learned that skill at primary school when I was working with the staff from Hilton Strathclyde!' ".

Part of the Hilton Hotels & Resorts portfolio, Hilton Strathclyde's efforts are an example of Hilton Worldwide's corporate responsibility strategy, Travel with Purpose, and reinforce the company's global commitment to create opportunities for youth in its operating communities around the world. In May 2012, Hilton Worldwide announced a $3 million, three-year partnership with the International Youth Foundation (IYF), a global organization that realizes the power and promise of young people and provide them with first-hand access to education, training and career paths within the hospitality industry.

Working with IYF, Hilton Worldwide has developed numerous programs that tap youth into the "ladder of success" model that has already transformed the future for countless Hilton Worldwide team members and industry leaders alike.

In 2011, Hilton Worldwide launched Travel with Purpose, its commitment to providing shared value to its business and communities around the world. Travel with Purpose is built on four areas of focus - creating opportunities for individuals to reach their full potential; strengthening communities where the hospitality company operates; celebrating cultures and the power of travel; and living sustainably through the measurement, analysis and improvement of its use of natural resources.

Hilton Hotels & Resorts is the flagship brand of Hilton Worldwide, a company committed to an inclusive workforce that fully represents many different cultures, backgrounds and viewpoints. More than 300,000 owned, managed, franchised and corporate team members work at more 3,800 at 91 countries around the world. For more information about careers with Hilton Worldwide, visit www.hiltonworldwide.com/careers/. For more information about Hilton Worldwide's partnership with the International Youth Foundation, visit http://hiltonworldwide.com/corporate-responsibility/partnerships/iyf/. For more information about Travel with Purpose, visit http://www.hiltonworldwide.com/corporate-responsibility/.

Media can access additional information about Hilton Strathclyde at http://news.hilton.com/strathclyde.

Contact

Chris Brown
DADA for Hilton Glasgow
+44 141 222 2266
chris.brown@dada.co.uk

Tracy Simpson
DADA for Hilton Glasgow
+44 141 222 2266/ 7515 066358
tracy.simpson@dada.co.uk

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