The Hospitality Industry Trust (HIT) Scotland awarded 218 scholarships to the class of 2018 at the sold out Emerging Talent Conference at Glasgow Central Hotel today.
The annual conference, that celebrates the year's scholars, was well attended by over 400 industry representatives, hospitality & catering students and top hospitality industry names.
The scholarships offer aspiring individuals working within or studying towards a career in hospitality once in a lifetime training opportunities.
The scholarships, celebrating the Year of Young People, will allow the recipients to learn and develop within the hospitality industry while experiencing trips around the world and meeting some of the industry's top names.
Keynote speakers and workshop hosts at the event included Simon Thomas, Head concierge at The Lanesborough, young entrepreneur Kieran Aitken from We Are Orbit, and previous HIT Scholar winner, Michael Lennon, from Bliss Flowers from Dubai who spoke on a number of inspiring topics surrounding the hospitality industry.
Speaking about the conference HIT Scotland's Chief Executive said: "Since its inception in 2005 the Emerging Talent Conference has grown from strength to strength, attracting high profile speakers, students and industry professionals alike.
"The application process for this year’s set of scholarships was our busiest yet resulting in some hard decisions. We are excited for these 218 scholars to embark on their scholarship opportunities over the next year and positively shape the future of the booming hospitality industry in Scotland."