Industry training proves a big HIT

Class of 2019 revealed as HIT Scotland launches Fairlie tribute

This year’s HIT Scotland scholars celebrate their success in Glasgow
This year’s HIT Scotland scholars celebrate their success in Glasgow

MORE than 200 people from across Scotland’s hospitality industry have received a helping hand in their careers after securing scholarships from the Hospitality Industry Trust (HIT) Scotland.

Awarded at the charity’s HIT Talent Conference in Glasgow earlier this month, the scholarships are split into three categories: business empowerment, which covers a range of management development opportunities; operational empowerment, which takes in core skills from sales and marketing to food and drink; and inspirational empowerment, which focuses on personal development. This year’s scholarships were presented to over 200 people working in or studying towards a career in hospitality across Scotland.

As reported in the last issue of SLTN (February 7), HIT Scotland also unveiled a new scholarship in memory of acclaimed chef Andrew Fairlie, who passed away in January.

Spearheaded by Andrew to inspire the next generation of talent, the Fairlie Scholarship will recognise two individuals studying and/or working in Scotland, offering them once-in-a-lifetime opportunities, including stints in an international kitchen and at Restaurant Andrew Fairlie at Gleneagles. The application process for the Fairlie Scholarship goes live in March.

In addition to the launch of the Fairlie Scholarship and presentation of this year’s HIT Scotland scholarships, the conference also heard from a range of speakers on topics including goal-setting and successful leadership, the trends impacting Scottish tourism, and how to light the spark in your staff and provide exemplary service.

HIT Scotland chief executive David Cochrane said: “It was fantastic to see so many people, in all roles and at all stages of their career, show such passion for our industry here in Scotland.

“Everyone was keen to learn as much as they could from one of our scholarships to help them develop personally, and to benefit their company, their team, and the guests who visit them. We are sure that the industry, all across Scotland, will benefit from the learning experiences that this year’s scholars will take part in.”