Hospitality Training Trust Chair Bruce Robertson

It’s that time of year – the Hospitality Training Trust is calling for grant applications. 2018 Grant applications are now open for projects that will help build excellence in hospitality training.

“The capital fund came to the Trust from the former ITO for hospitality, HIS,” said Bruce Robertson, the Trust’s chair. “We pay out at least half of our investment income each year to applicants we think have a compelling and interesting case – projects that have the potential to make a real difference to the sector.”

Word of the Trust is spreading, with 2017 seeing the highest number of applications.

“The Trust is about promoting excellence in training along with associated research” he said.  “We are on the hunt for projects that will build excellence across the sector. We’ve given grants to private teaching schools, polytechnics, and various hospitality industry associations.”

Secondary school hospitality students, burgeoning sommeliers, holiday park managers, staff dealing with food allergies, young chefs attending overseas competitions, secondary school teachers upskilling on curriculum changes in cooking units and researchers assessing how the hospitality industry is perceived by its customers, are among many who have benefitted from the Trust.

“Not all applications make the cut,” said Robertson. “The applications need to be well thought out, have potential to make a difference, but also be out of the ‘business as usual’ category.”

For more information on applying for the Grant visit htt.org.nz.