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educational / associations / charitable trusts

Grants to educational establishments

Educational establishments with a hospitality department can apply to the Trust for funding for a particular project. The Trust aims to enrich the quality of hospitality training and education provided by Schools, Further Education & Higher Education establishments. The Trustees do not normally award grants for rebuilding projects per se but look to help educational establishments renovate and enhance existing and new areas. This in turn should enable educational establishments to provide students with a professional vocational facility in order to:-

  • Meet the growing demands for vocational education on the school curriculum.
  • Provide students with a relevant, realistic and modern working environment so that students have a positive experience and smooth transition to the workplace.

The Trustees also welcome applications from Further Education & Higher Education establishments seeking to reward excellence and alleviate hardship by offering scholarship and bursary schemes to students of hospitality. 

The Trustees will look favourably upon those applications that demonstrate:-

  • There is a formalised plan of continual professional development for your lecturers that might include them spending some time in industry to ensure their skills and knowledge are up to date and relevant.  
  • That your establishment offers interesting and relevant programmes that will encourage the students to make hospitality a first choice career.
  • That your establishment has good links with local employers and the hospitality industry in general.
  • If applying for funding for kitchen and/or restaurant training facilities that you give due consideration to these being as environment friendly and energy efficient as possible.

Recent grants awarded to educational establishments have included:-

  • Bournemouth University to help support extra curricular activities that add value to the student learning experience
  • Bath College to help purchase various equipment, including: a wine preservation system; specialist chocolate equipment; online ordering system
  • City College Plymouth to continue the Junior Chefs Academy
  • Coleg Ceredigion to help purchase a state of the art cooking island that has built in induction hobs, a wok, preparation areas and refrigerated units
  • East Coast College to help purchase equipment to enhance the learning environment as well expanding opportunities with relevant work experience
  • East Kent College to help purchase equipment to enable the College to provide industry standard facilities within their training hotel 'The Yarrow'.  The hotel is the first of its kind in the UK within a Further Education setting
  • Harlow College to purchase equipment for the hospitality facilities at the College's new Technical and Professional Centre at Stansted Airport
  • Hugh Baird College to help refurbish the training kitchen for the L20 Hotel School
  • Humphry Davy School to help with the refurbishment of the food technology room.  By providing a professional catering environment, this will raise the students' aspirations, confidence and outcomes
  • Middlesbrough College to support the development of a professional butchery training section, alongside the capability to deliver the NSA Bakery Trailblazer apprenticeship scheme
  • Newcastle College to help convert one of the 3 teaching kitchens into a bespoke bakery and patisserie unit
  • Oxford Brookes University to help facilitate two core extra-curricular activities for the hospitality degree students
  • Riverside College to help provide student bursaries for uniform and equipment, EPOS and barista equipment
  • St Helens College to deliver Junior Chef programmes and purchase equipment for the training kitchen
  • Shooters Hill 6th Form College to purchase a service counter for the new coffee shop that provides another outlet for work experience
  • South Devon College to continue the Junior Chefs Academy
  • The Edge Foundation's Wivenhoe House Hotel to provide a scholarship scheme for the student practitioners
  • The Priory Academy LSST to help refurbish the Food Technology classrooms
  • University College Birmingham to help them deliver Young Chef, Young Waiter and Young Bakery Academy programmes
  • University of West London to refurbish the training kitchen as part of a major redevelopment programme
  • Wakefield College to help with equipment for L2 cake decorating course; barista equipment;  blast chiller to provide the students with a professional working environment

Grants to associations

Associations involved with the hospitality industry can apply to the Trust for funding for a particular educational project. 

The Trustees are especially keen to help initiatives that avoid duplication with other projects and encourage associations, where feasible, to work in partnership. 

Recent grants awarded to associations have included:-

  • Hospitality Professionals Association (HOSPA) to help develop the Hospitality Financial Management e-book, together with supporting materials for those teaching hospitality finance

Grants to charitable trusts for specific hospitality related, educational projects

Recent grants awarded to charitable trusts have included:-

  • Beyond Food Foundation to fund educational trips, workshops, and masterclasses for 10 apprentices on their apprenticeship programme, United Kitchen
  • Crisis to help support the 'Skylight Community Café training programme in Newcastle
  • Hospitality Action for their seminar programme to students of hospitality on the dangers of alcohol and drug abuse
  • Prisoners Education Trust to enable 16 prisoners to benefit from PET's Access to Learning programme.  It will support them specifically to undertake hospitality distance learning courses over the next 12 months
  • Royal Academy of Culinary Arts for the Chefs Adopt a School initiative
  • Spitalfields Crypt Trust funding to help with the costs of training 5 trainees in barista skills at the Paper & Cup cafe
  • The Geoffrey Harrison Foundation to help continue their Junior Chefs Academy programme
  • The House of St Barnabas funding to enable one participant to go through the Employment Preparation Programme

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Individuals can apply to the Trust, via your college, for a small grant of usually not more than £500 to assist you if you are undertaking a hospitality related degree course or a craft course and require a sum of money to help with fees or to purchase items required for the course such as books, uniform and practical equipment. 
If you think you are eligible please refer to the How to Apply section and speak to your lecturer or student services department.
  We do not offer funding to students undertaking a non hospitality related course.

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This scheme is funded in partnership with the Worshipful Company of Innholders. The purpose of the Scholarships is to introduce middle management in the hospitality industry to senior/general management techniques by exposure to short intensive courses of management education, thereby providing experience, skills and training not readily available in the workplace.

As most large companies have structured management development programmes, the majority of candidates will come from the independent sector where the absence of formal training programmes and economic pressures on time make it difficult for them to receive a formal training by conventional routes. 

Candidates will be active middle managers in the hospitality industry likely to be promoted to senior/general management within 3-5 years. It is expected that most candidates will have had a formal education and will hold a degree in hotel management (or similar), however, managers who have attained their positions through a company scheme would not be excluded if they could demonstrate aptitude and attitude for promotion.  Candidates will have had at least four years experience in management and therefore the likely age range is 27-35. 

Winners of the Scholarships can undertake a two-week course at Cranfield University or Cornell University. Alternatively some scholarship winners may be offered the opportunity to attend a number of modules at the Ecole Hoteliere de Lausanne.

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competitions & prizes

The Trustees recognise the importance of rewarding those who demonstrate good practice and aspire to further their development by entering various industry competitions.

The Trustees understand that skills competitions can promote excellence in vocational skills. They are willing to support some of the leading competitions in the industry as they view it as an opportunity to raise public understanding of the importance of skills and celebrate outstanding achievements. They believe that competitions provide an exciting arena to continually raise the standards of excellence and professionalism.

Competitions also demonstrate the wealth of talent that exists in the industry and help to promote hospitality as a promising career to counteract the ever present skills shortage. 
The Trustees have recently provided educational scholarships for the following:
  • Academy of Food and Wine Service 'UK Restaurant Manager' 
  • Institute of Hospitality - 'Passion for Hospitality'
  • Nestle Professional - Nestle Toque D'Or 
  • Royal Academy of Culinary Arts - 'Annual Awards of Excellence'
  • The Craft Guild of Chefs - Graduate Awards
  • The Springboard Charity - Futurechef programme
The Trustees also seek to help institutions recognise excellence and have recently awarded prizes to:-
  • Catering Training Squadron 'Culinary Competitions'.
If you would like further details or are interested in entering one of the above named competitions please contact the relevant competition organiser directly.

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