Ship that carried royalty to serve up skills to young people

City of Glasgow College and TS Queen Mary
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A historic steamship is to help train chefs and hospitality staff of the future.

A new training initiative will see City of Glasgow College working with the TS Queen Mary.

The college and the Friends of TS Queen Mary – the charity behind the restoration of the ship – will provide training and employment opportunities on board for students wishing to enter the hospitality industry.  

Paul Little is principal and chief executive of City of Glasgow College.

He said: “The TS Queen Mary represents an important part of this great city’s maritime history. 

“Our students are very much part of that heritage, with over 300 having played a role in the vessel’s restoration.  

“Establishing the TS Queen Mary Skills and Training Academy will provide our hospitality and culinary students with a real world learning environment. 

“We have seen the impact the pandemic has had on this vital industry, so innovative training offers like this are more important than ever in aiding its recovery.” 

The college will work with Friends of TS Queen Mary to create learning experiences, training students to prepare them for working on the ship, before being given the opportunity for employment on-board. 

It is expected the operation of the ship will create 40 full time jobs which, as far as possible, will be given to young people. 

Iain Sim, Chair of Friends of TS Queen Mary, said: “The TS Queen Mary is a unique part of our heritage and it is our aim to restore the ship to its former glory, and open it as a heritage destination and education centre for future generations to enjoy. 

“Through this new Academy we will start to see this vision come to life. 

Pictured Alex Dick student HND hospitality management (left) and Robbie Maitland HND Professional Cookery. Photo: Martin Shields

“We will be able to help hospitality students get valuable training and work experience on the ship and we hope, in the future, to work with the College to expand the Academy into other disciplines.” 

The TS Queen Mary was built in 1933. The 252 foot ‘pocket liner’ is the original Queen Mary.

She gave up her name in 1934 in deference to Cunard’s new liner (becoming TS Queen Mary II) before reclaiming it in 1976. 

‘Establishing the TS Queen Mary Skills and Training Academy will provide our hospitality and culinary students with a real world learning environment’ 

Paul Little

She has a rich history and carried some of the most prominent people of the 20th century, including King George VI, Queen Elizabeth, The Queen Mother, and Eleanor Roosevelt in 1942 as part of their tour of Britain.  

The largest and most luxurious steamship to serve Glasgow and the West of Scotland, the TS Queen Mary is a unique part of British heritage. 

The last of her kind in the world, she is under the care of the Friends of TS Queen Mary who have been responsible for raising and investing more than £3 million towards her upkeep and restoration. 

City of Glasgow College and TS Queen Mary
Front Left: Paul Little (Principal, City of Glasgow College), Front Right: Iain Sim (Chair, Friends of TS Queen Mary), Back Left: Alex Dick. Back Right: Robbie Maitland. Photo: Martin Shields

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