Hospitality Trust bolsters line-up of scholarships

HIT chief executive David Cochrane. Picture: hitscotland.co.uk
HIT chief executive David Cochrane. Picture: hitscotland.co.uk
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A CHARITY dedicated to raising standards in the hospitality sector has bolstered this year’s line-up of scholarships to attend some of the most prestigious training fac­ilities in the world.

The Hospitality Industry Trust (HIT) has more than doubled its budget over the past three years, and expects to spend about £225,000 on placements in the coming round for 2016. More than 500 individuals working in or studying towards a career in Scotland’s leisure sector are expected to vie for scholarships across 14 categories.

The new bursaries cover customer service, and include a training masterclass co-hosted by Virgin and Glen­eagles Hotel

There is also a four-day course on capital gains, and a global scholarship to Goa, India.

The new categories join an existing line-up of scholarships for hotel schools in Lausanne, Switzerland, the Disney Institute in Florida, the Glion Executive Scholarship and the Green Tourism Scholarship.

Established in 1994, HIT Scotland is supported by the industry through a series of themed events, auctions and corporate sponsorship. During its time, the charity has awarded more than 1,000 emerging talent scholarships and 10,000 bursaries.

Chief executive David Coch­rane said successful applicants get not only a top-class training experience, but also broaden their network of connections throughout the sector.

“HIT strives to make Scotland the best hospitality industry in the world and we know this can be achieved through our once-in-a-lifetime training opportunities and experiences that provide scholars with the opportunity to learn locally, nationally and internationally,” Coch­rane said.

Applications for the 2016 programme will be launched at the HIT Highland Dinner on 1 October, with a closing date of 27 November.