Business Empowerment Scholarships
These scholarships help you to enhance your business skills.
Before applying, make sure you have read the application guidance document. Please take note of what we ask you below to “tell us” in your application.
Please note - if you apply for a scholarship but don’t meet the criteria for it, you won’t be offered the chance of a different scholarship.
All scholarship content specifics are subject to change. Any changes will be in keeping with the feel of the original scholarship idea.
SCHOLARSHIPS ARE CLOSED FOR 2019 - WILL REOPEN 6th SEPTEMBER 2019 FOR 2020 APPLICATIONS
Management Scholarship - level 1
What: Essential Skills for Aspiring Managers.
Where: High quality venue in Scotland. Overnight stay.
How long: Over 2 days. Afternoon workshop, hosted dinner and overnight stay, workshop the following day.
When: Date TBC
Structure: Especially created for our industry, these workshops are created and taught by experienced management trainers. This course is only for the HIT group.
Who this is suitable for / criteria: Suitable for new supervisors or those looking to take the first step into a supervisory role and discover, develop and enhance their people management skills. This would be your first step in people management.
Number of scholarships: Maximum of 20 scholars, in one group.
What you will learn: This scholarship will cover all aspects of supervisory management which will enable you to perform more effectively in your current role. The workshops are highly practical and outcome focussed and will ensure scholars recognise the importance of positive and consistent management styles and their role in delivering customer, team and business excellence. It covers subject areas such as - what is an effective manager, positive management principles and traits, skills and techniques for success, emotional intelligence at work, focusing your style and aspirations, and transformational action planning.
Tell us: In your application, tell us why and how this will help you and your business. Tell us what supervisory experience you have, what your role involves, if you are currently managing anyone, and your management aspirations.
Management Scholarship - level 2
What: Management 1st.
Where: Various venues in Scotland, locations TBC.
How long: This is a series of 5 single days (if you are not within travelling distance we organise an overnight stay in a local hotel).
When: Usually one day in May, June, Aug, Sept and November (exact dates TBC).
Structure: This is a programme created by skills management company People 1st, and taught by experienced hospitality trainer Catherine Bowie. These sessions are only for the HIT group. It is classroom based, with interactive exercises, and a presentation at the end.
Who this is suitable for / criteria: Suitable for new managers, supervisors and team leaders with no formal people management training. You need to have some staff who report into you so that you can put the skills learned into practice.
Number of scholarships: A maximum of 24 scholars, split into two groups of 12.
What you will learn: Designed for new managers, this programme gives you the skills, techniques and confidence to allow you to successfully manage a team and cope under pressure. It looks at managing yourself - values, impressions, and credibility. Managing communication and influencing people - building rapport, thinking styles, listening and positive language. Managing others through delegation, coaching and negotiation. Managing assertively - thinking and behaving right, and saying the right thing.
Tell us: In your application, tell us why and how this will help you and your business. Tell us how long you have been a manager, what your role involves, and how many people you currently are responsible for managing.
What: The Art of Leadership
Where: Ecole Hoteliere de Lausanne (EHL), Switzerland.
How long: 2 day course, you are away for 3 nights 4 days, and stay in Lausanne.
When: There are usually 3 groups, two in May and one in October. (exact dates TBC)
Structure: This course has been designed by EHL and taught by it’s lecturers, and is attended only by our group of HIT Scholars. It is lecture based, with group discussions and presentations. They pack a lot into the two days, so this is very full on!
Who this is suitable for / criteria: This is aimed at middle managers or those in charge of a smaller team. You must already have some experience as a people manager, and have a team of people you are currently responsible for, so you can put the learnings into practice.
Number of scholarships: Generally around 50 scholarships are awarded. Please note, this is our most applied for category!
What you will learn: This course is called ‘The Art of Leadership’ and helps managers understand how to go from managing a team, to leading a team. It looks at leadership thinking and behaviour, putting the theory into practice, with methods for building relationships through effective communication. It finishes with a personal action plan. This course also lets you experience how hospitality is taught in this world renowned hotel management school, and is great for networking with the group.
Tell us: In your application, tell us why and how this will help you and your business. Tell us how long you have been a manager, what your role involves, and how many people you currently manage.
Executive Leadership Scholarship
What: Executive leadership programme to help with people management.
Where: Held at a quality resort in Scotland, venue for 2020 TBC.
How long: 3.5 day course, 3 night stay in the resort.
When: November 2020 (exact dates TBC).
Structure: This course is attended only by our HIT Scotland group. This is classroom style learning, with interactive discussion, and overnight homework. It is taught by American lecturer Dr Andrea Luoma. Andrea is an expert in communication and leadership, with Ph.D. in Leadership and Master’s in Organizational Communication, and has lectured at many leading Universities around the world including the Glion Institute.
Who this is suitable for / criteria: You must have at least 1 year management experience at a senior level (eg General Manager), in a sizeable establishment, responsible for a large number of people and able to put the learnings into practice.
Number of scholarships: Approximately 10 scholarships will be awarded for this course.
What you will learn: This course is based around the textbook "The 5 Languages of Appreciation in the Workplace: Empowering Organisations by Encouraging People". It encourages you to listen louder than you speak and see the different levels of conversation you can have, discusses communication behavioural styles and how yours impacts people. You learn of the impact of words, and how to put the 5 languages to work, conversational intelligence and using storytelling.
Tell us: In your application, tell us why and how this will help you and your business. Tell us how long you have been a manager, what your role involves, and how many people are in your business.
Disney Institute Scholarship
What: Two different courses available - Employee Engagement, or Quality Service. You say which you’d like to do.
Where: The course takes place in Florida at a Disney resort. You will say at the conference hotel.
How long: 3.5 day course, but you will be away for 6 days.
When: You choose from the calendar of course dates provided for the year ahead.
Structure: These are set courses run by the Disney Institute. You will be joining an international group from different professions in a mix of classroom learning and behind the scenes visits.
Who this is suitable for / criteria: You must have at least 5 years experience in a senior position suitable for the course learning (eg senior HR or training and development manager), within a position of influence in your business, responsible for a large number of employees that you can use the learnings with.
Number of scholarships: A maximum of 5 Disney scholarships will be awarded, if there are suitable candidates.
What you will learn and who should apply:
Employee Engagement: To ensure employees consistently deliver exceptional experiences, an organization must intentionally design processes that reinforce their desired culture. Sharing insights on how employee selection, training and engagement are enhanced through high-quality communication and genuine care is one of the ways that Disney Institute can help your organization reimagine sustainable results. The course covers fostering organisational culture, selecting right fit talent, training the culture, communicating to inform and inspire, and creating an environment of care. Disney insights and illustrations are beneficial to professionals, and specifically those with direct reports, looking to improve how they select, train, and engage employees. Individuals interested in shaping a confident, highly productive, and dedicated workforce will find this course valuable.
Quality Service: With a common purpose and quality standards, employees at the front line are empowered to perform because they are equipped with the right tools and clear service expectations. When team member’s behaviors are reinforced through positive feedback, they feel valued and appreciated and will make sure their customers do as well. The course look at the service story, designing and delivering exceptional service, and recovering service. Disney insights and illustrations are beneficial to any leader or employee interested in learning how to improve the customer experience and raise the standards of quality service in their organization.
Tell us: In your application, tell us which course you want to attend, why, and how this will help you and your business. Tell us how long you have been a senior manager, what your role involves, how many people are in your business, and who you report in to to show your position within the business.