Scottish hospitality workers and students alike can now apply for a scholarship fund as the Hospitality Industry Trust (HIT) Scotland launches its annual search for the talent of the future.
Two hundred Emerging Talent Scholarships are available this year to students in their last year of an industry-focussed course, or anyone working in the hospitality, tourism, leisure or travel industries in Scotland.
The scheme aims to improve the skills of the Scottish hospitality industry by sending successful applicants to various placements around the world, from the Disney Institute in Florida, and Ecole du Hotelier in Lausanne, Switzerland, to Gordon Ramsay’s restaurants in the UK.
David Cochrane, Chief Executive of HIT Scotland, said: “Over the last four years, we have awarded over 300 Emerging Talent Scholarships. Scholars come back full of renewed appreciation for Scottish hospitality and their careers. By offering these scholarships, we find people to inspire others in their career as well and help improve the whole industry.”
There are six scholarship categories to choose from: Student, Craft, Young Manager, Middle Management, Leadership, and the Frank Mullen Scholarship, a bespoke scholarship open to anyone wanting to explore a particular part of hospitality. More information on the scholarships, as well as application forms are available from the HIT Scotland website.
HIT Scotland will also this year be hosting the country’s biggest Christmas party for the industry at the Glasgow Crowne Plaza Hotel on December 4. The event will be an opportunity for the charity to thank its supporters and celebrate the festive season in style. Tickets are now available from www.hitscotland.org for £68 each.