We are delighted to have secured 11 incredible scholarships with Hospitality Industry Trust (HIT) Scotland across three of our flagship locations – NatWest, City of Glasgow College and Queen Margaret University.
Funded by Scottish Government and administered by HIT Scotland, the virtual scholarship is designed to motivate and develop top talent, providing new skills, tools and techniques to allow hospitality professionals to get the best performance from themselves and the rest of their teams. Traditionally the scholarship offers an interview process with the HIT Scotland Board, but due to the lockdown restrictions, applications were based online this year.
Commenting on the scholarship, Chairman of HIT Scotland, David Cochrane said: “We are delighted to be able to support the industry with this unique online development, especially in the most challenging of times that the industry has faced. In a change from our usual experiential scholarships, this virtual Leadership, Management and Supervisory programme has been curated with great collaboration and support from all sectors. We are thrilled that 2000 people will be able to benefit from this transformational programme, in readiness for the recovery when it comes”.
There are three levels to the programme: Supervisor, Manager and Leader, all of which consist of a series of 10 modules. Three of the team will complete the leader scholarship, seven for manager and one at supervisory level:
Caroline Bacigalupo, Operations Manager
Chris Bryden, Executive Chef
Frank Alcorn, Chef Manager
Jim Jawor, Chef Manager
Grant Abercrombie, Chef Manager
David Bowker, Group Manager
Gosia Lagiewka, Hospitality Manager
Arin Podder, Commercial Services Manager
Allan Scott, Chef
Gareth Fender, General Assistant
Fiona Mcleod, Commis Chef
Operations manager, Caroline Bacigalupo said: “I am delighted to have been given another opportunity with HIT Scotland this year. I have been successful in securing a place on the Leadership programme and excited to get started! The programme and training offered by HIT Scotland is invaluable to both your personal and professional development, and I am thrilled that I have a number of my team also attending.”
Mark McCulloch, operations director commented: “The key challenges that we are facing as an industry can only be adequately dealt with by strong leadership and great managers. At BaxterStorey, we are always encouraging our teams to expand their knowledge and develop their skills to progress in their careers, and this incredible opportunity with HIT Scotland will give them the ability to do just that. I feel really proud of the team for their success in applying for the scholarship and look forward to watching them grow in their roles as future leaders”.
Congratulations to all our scholarship stars!