Mhairi HITs a winner at Wimbledon

Date: 18/07/2013

It turns out Andy Murray wasn’t the only Scot who won at Wimbledon this year.

Student, Mhairi Mutch (22), from Lhanbryde also played her part thanks to winning a Hospitality Industry Trust (HIT) scholarship which gave her the chance to work with the official caterer of Europe's largest and most prestigious sporting event.

Every June, 2000 staff are employed and trained to operate all of the catering outlets throughout The Championships. Mhairi, who last week graduated from Robert Gordon University with a degree in International Hospitality Management and is particularly interested in event management, was involved in the training exercise.

Mhairi herself picks up the story: “The training takes place over the weekend preceding the start of the Tournament. 90% of the staff are “returners” who have worked at Wimbledon previously but there will also be some recruits who have never even worked in hospitality before, so there is a huge range of training requirements.

I helped with some practical training and found that my 3rd year placement with Gleneagles stood me in good stead as I was able to pass on some of the serving skills I gained while working in the Strathearn fine dining restaurant.

What I found most impressive was the pre-planning which went into this exercise. It could have been chaotic but instead it went pretty much like clockwork and central to it all was the customer experience that staff were expected to deliver.

“The whole experience gave me a terrific insight into what is involved in an event of this scale and I would definitely recommend others studying hospitality to apply for a HIT scholarship. I would never have had this chance without HIT.

The Hospitality Industry Trust is a Scottish based charity which aims to assist people to achieve their potential within Scottish hospitality by providing scholarships and bursaries. 

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The Hospitality Industry Trust, known as HIT Scotland, is a Scotland based charity, which raises funds to support and encourage excellence in the hospitality industry.

Through practical support, which includes bursaries, scholarships and industry events, HIT Scotland helps those training to enter the industry and those already within. The overall objective is to help all to their full potential and further enhance and maintain the excellent skillbase within Scotland

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