A record number of training scholarships have been handed out to hospitality workers in Scotland to help boost standards in the industry.
Hospitality Industry Training (HIT) Scotland gave 200 scholarships to employees of 80 organisations at the Scotland Emerging Talent Conference awards in Glasgow yesterday.
Now in its fifth year, the £250,000 scheme aims to improve standards in the one in 10 Scottish workers employed in the hospitality, tourism, leisure and travel industries.
Scholarship recipients are either given work placements with top companies, time at world-class learning institutes or enrolled in college courses.
David Cochrane, chief executive of HIT Scotland said raising standards is important for Scotland’s economy.
He said: “Scotland has unique beauty and heritage. But if visitors leave with a negative perception because of poor service then it damages our reputation forever. The scholarship scheme is an industry led initiative to tackle this head on. Only by raising standards can the long term benefit of marketing campaigns, such as Homecoming 2009, be realised.”