HIT teams up with licensed trade to offer new scholarships

“Striving to make Scotland the best hospitality industry in the world has been the work of HIT for the past 21 years and working with two other industry bodies in licensed trade is one way in which we expect to achieve this,” – David Cochrane, Hospitality Industry Trust Scotland. 

Those working – or keen to work – in the licensed trade industry could be eligible for a ‘once-in-a-lifetime’ scholarship now that the Hospitality Industry Trust (HIT) Scotland has teamed up with The Benevolent Society of the Licensed Trade of Scotland (The BEN) and the Scottish Licensed Trade Association (SLTA).
They are being invited to apply for a new series of training programmes, which include Mixologist, Entrepreneurial and Management scholarships, to be delivered in partnership by the three bodies, which have joined forces to better support the licensed trade industry and its development.
The Mixologist Scholarship will provide the opportunity to learn about the variety and composition of cocktails from some of London’s leading exponents of the art.
The Entrepreneurial Scholarship will provide the opportunity to spend time with one of the UK’s leading innovators in the concept and delivery of fine food and drinks.
And the Management Scholarship, which is based in Switzerland, has been designed for managers already working in the industry who are looking to develop and get the best out of their teams.
HIT chief executive David Cochrane said: “Striving to make Scotland the best hospitality industry in the world has been the work of HIT for the past 21 years, and working with two other industry bodies in licensed trade is one way in which we expect to achieve this. We know what a difference our once in a lifetime training opportunities and experiences provide scholars and the wider industry and can’t wait to get started on these new additions.
David Cochrane of HIT Scotland
David Cochrane of HIT Scotland
“I am hugely proud to be part of a sector that contributes so much to Scotland, and I know that these scholarships will help to shape the future of the Scottish hospitality and licensed trade industry.”
Since its inception in 1994, HIT Scotland, a Scottish charity which works to inspire and support the hospitality industry by funding exceptional training experiences for individuals working in the sector, has awarded more than 1,000 emerging talent scholarships and 10,000 bursaries.
The Scottish Wine and Spirit Merchants’ Benevolent Institution was founded in Glasgow in 1864, followed by the East of Scotland Licensed Trade Benevolent Institution in 1887.
They joined forces in 1976 to form the Benevolent Society of the Licensed Trade of Scotland – later shortened to The BEN.
The BEN has 19 Directors from every section of the trade who work throughout Scotland. They give of their time freely, helping to raise funds, manage the Charity and visit each of their Pensioners in their own home every year.
The BEN’s Strategy is to expand its benevolence into the next century to satisfy the needs of the Licensed Trade.
Founded in 1880 The SLTA is the only national organisation which represents all sectors of the Scottish Licensed Trade Industry.
Members of the SLTA include publicans, hoteliers, restaurateurs, late night entertainment venues, clubs, and licensed grocers.
It’s is also supported by the main drinks suppliers in Scotland in addition to a number of companies providing services to the licensed trade.
The SLTA’s main role is to strive to protect and promote the rights and interests of licensee members; to advise members on matters affecting their business; to be actively involved and carry out such work for the protection, advancement or benefit of members in general; assist the election of Members to responsible representative bodies, to promote and protect the interest of members; promote and encourage training for all those involved in the licensed trade and to actively develop and promote good practice in the interests of members and customers.

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