For the Hospitality Training Trust (HTT), it’s that time of year again – calling for grant applications.
Carol Stigley, the Trust’s Chair, says “The capital fund came to the Trust from the former ITO for hospitality, HSI. We pay out 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”.
“The number of applications is rising each year, more and more people in the sector now know about the Trust and what it does”. HTT approved 16 grants in 2016, with several of them completed and others still underway.
“The Trust is about promoting excellence in training along with associated research” she 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 and companies”.
Those grants have helped train secondary school hospo students in the holidays, 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, researchers assessing how the hospitality industry is perceived by its customers, to mention a few.
“Not all applications make the cut” reports Carol Stigley “the applications need to be well thought out, have potential to make a difference, but also be out of the ‘business as usual’ category. Past grants have ranged from $3,000 to $26,000.
The Trust says “The advert in the Summer Issue gives core details and there will be more on our website from late January – hospitalitytrainingtrust.org.nz.