Over the last few months, we have been speaking to several colleges and Colleges Development Network and getting students involved with projects at our youth hostels. This includes subject areas such as art and design, customer care, marketing, maintenance and photography.

For example, we recently teamed up with students from Forth Valley College’s Access to Creative Industries course who promoted our youth hostels across the Falkirk and Alloa campuses.

The students held promotional days on Tuesday 10 and Wednesday 11 May distributing copies of Scottish Hosteller Magazine, the 2016 Hostel Guide and SYHA branded items such as pens, badges and wristbands. A raffle also took place to win a voucher for two nights’ accommodation for two people at any Scottish youth hostel.

Jane Mackie, SYHA Hostelling Scotland Marketing Manager, said “Hostelling is a great way to travel around Scotland and we are always looking for ways to reach a wider audience. We really appreciate the work put in to this project by the students at Forth Valley College and wish the students involved all the best with their future studies”.

Creative Industries Lecturer John McCall, said: “This group of students were particularly keen on the work of the SYHA and went out of their way to find out more and to contact them for more information. I am really proud that they have worked on their own initiative to raise awareness for such a worthwhile organisation. Hopefully we can work together with them on more projects soon.”

Forth Valley College is made up of over 14,500 students and 600 staff and offers more than 750 courses at its campuses in Alloa, Falkirk and Stirling. Approximately 97% of students successfully progress on to employment or University upon completion of their course at Forth Valley College.