PRESTIGIOUS scholarships have been won by two young people in West Lothian beginning their career in the hospitality industry.
Christopher Rowe from the Ramada Jarvis Hotel and Dannielle Ward from West Lothian College each received an emerging talent scholarship from the Hospitality Industry Trust (HIT) Scotland.
HIT Scotland received over 400 applications for the £100,000 scholarship programme, before finally awarding them to just 160 people.
The scholarships look to reward and encourage talented people in Scottish Hospitality who have the potential to be future leaders of the industry.
Christopher picked up a young managers’ scholarship and a place at Europe’s top hospitality school, the École Hôtelière de Lausanne in Switzerland.
Dannielle will undertake a placement with a leading Scottish catering company.
Their scholarships were awarded at the HIT Scotland Emerging Talent conference which is the country’s only event to focus on encouraging future leadership for Scotland’s hospitality, tourism, leisure and travel industries.
The emerging talent programme aims to return £1 million, 10 times the £100,000 investment over the career of its scholars.
The value is returned to the Scottish economy through staff retention, training, shared experiences and encouraging professionalism to raise standards in an industry that contributes £4 billion to the Scottish economy.
David Cochrane, chief executive of HIT Scotland said: “Over the past month we have conducted over 100 hours of interviews to find this year’s scholars. They are not awarded lightly and the recipients have all shown they have potential to be a leader for the industry.
“I wish Christopher and Danielle every success in the future and look forward to hearing about their experiences.”