Edinburgh hoteliers have celebrated the latest graduates of the Prince's Trust and Marriott Get into Hotels training programme.
Eleven youngsters have completed the course, which is funded by Marriott hotels, European Social Fund, the Scottish Government and Capital City Partnership and the Wood Family Trust.
After a pilot course last year, the Get into Hotels scheme has been rolled out by the Prince's Trust and Marriott hotels in Glasgow, London and Manchester, as well as a second scheme in Edinburgh. It is designed to give young people the skills to kick start a career in hospitality.
The most recent recruits worked with staff at the Marriott hotel in Edinburgh as well as other hotels and restaurants in the city.
Tricia Rainey, cluster director of human resources at Marriott Hotels Scotland, said: "The young people on the programme embraced this opportunity and rose to the challenge of delivering Marriott service to our guests with the aid of mentors, staff and managers alike. We expected a lot from them and they delivered, so much so that we are delighted to be welcoming several of them to our team while others will be joining hospitality employers across the city.
"This week we started a new programme in the Glasgow Marriott. The team there, based on the experience of the Edinburgh programme, have been so excited to get started making a difference in the lives of more young people."
Speratus Group managing director Garreth Wood, who offered two young people on the programme training placements added: "The course has been a proactive way for participants to gain the all important experience within the hospitality industry.
"Many young people starting off in the world of work find themselves in a vicious circle of not being able to secure employment because they lack experience, yet they cannot gain experience because they can't get into work. Addressing this gap is a key strength of Get into programmes.
"The hospitality industry is a very demanding, yet rewarding industry to be involved in, and I hope that the young people who have taken part in the course continue on an upward trajectory to further, permanent employment."