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Careers and jobs in Hospitality, Leisure and Tourism in Dumfries and Galloway

The tourism industry is important to the economy of Dumfries and Galloway, supporting over 7,000 jobs and bringing over £300m into the local economy each year. Accommodation and food services account for around 7% of businesses in region and numerous job, career, training and apprentice opportunities are available in this sector.

Careers and jobs include:

  • Bar staff
  • Butler
  • Catering manager
  • Hotel manager
  • Hotel receptionist
  • Hotel room attendant
  • Kitchen assistant
  • Kitchen manager
  • Restaurant manager
  • Riding holiday centre manager
  • Tour manager
  • Tourist guide
  • Tourist information centre assistant
  • Travel agent
  • Waiting staff
  • Leisure centre assistant
  • Leisure centre manager
  • Lifeguard
  • Outdoor activities instructor
  • Personal trainer
  • Bus or coach driver

Find out more from My World of Work about tourism careers and careers in sport and leisure.

Hospitality, Leisure and Tourism college courses in Dumfries and Galloway

Dumfries & Galloway College offers qualifications in Hospitality, Leisure, Sport and Tourism.

Find out more from Dumfries and Galloway College about available courses.

DYW DG and the Hospitality, Leisure and Tourism sector in Dumfries and Galloway

DYW DG works with leading trainers and providers in the region to address skill gaps and identify future workforce requirements.

Contact us to find out how we can help you with succession planning and getting more young people into your workplace.

Read DYW's Lockerbie Manor Case Study.

Find out more about Sector Forums in Dumfries and Galloway.


SRUC’s Barony Campus students were given a unique entrepreneur opportunity thanks to DYW DG and Chamber of Commerce partnership working and support for the introduction of the ‘Entrepreneur Aspire’ Award. SRUC looks forward to offering this entrepreneur opportunity next academic year, with a possible option to include other regions within Scotland. It is a pleasure to work with DYW DG, who are so enthusiastic and supportive of our students and their business aspirations for the future.

Julie Parker, Senior Tutor, SRUC Barony Campus

At Forest Enterprise Scotland (FES), we are committed to advancing equality of opportunity. The partnership we have established with DWY DG will allow us to reach out to more young people, including young women. We want to highlight the variety of roles and careers in the industry and encourage young people to consider an apprenticeship with FES as a pathway into a career in forestry, and DYW DG are important and valued partners in this process.

Ashley Woodhouse, Forest Enterprise Scotland

DYW DG has helped Morrisons to make Stranraer's young workforce in aware of the good career options in supermarket retail, as well as opportunities for career progression. With DYW’s help, we created a schools' presentation to highlight the opportunities available within Morrisons to school leavers and the young workforce, which gave local pupils a better understanding of how the food retail sector operates. I would definitely recommend a partnership with DYW DG and I look forward to working on other projects with the DYW D&G team.

Eleanor, People Manager, Morrisons, Stranraer


Working in partnership with DYW DG, we have had great success in targeting potential future candidates in areas to suit our operational activities within Dumfries and Galloway. Since our involvement with DYW D&G, we have successfully recruited 11 trainees within Dumfries Galloway over the last 18 months and discussed our various training programmes with around 2,500 of our young people at a number of events.

Kenny Bowie, Head of Planning and Design, SPEN, Dumfries.


DYW DG has helped Bank of Scotland give young people in Stranraer new avenues in which to explore opportunities locally and in the wider region. Our talk at Stranraer Academy, arranged by DYW, gave students and parents the opportunity to understand the options available in the local area. With DYW's help and support, Bank of Scotland have been able to reach out to the local community and give young people in the area an idea of what retail banking involves.

Craig Daniel, Manager, Bank of Scotland, Stranraer branch