Meallmore secures leading hospitality scholarships for staff

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HOSPITALITY employees from leading care home provider Meallmore have been awarded scholarships from Hospitality Industry Trust (HIT) Scotland.

HIT Scotland is a charity for the hospitality industry encouraging the development of anyone working or studying in the sector in Scotland.

In total, 13 applicants from Meallmore will join the programme as the only representatives chosen from the care sector. Figures released from HIT Scotland stated 1450 delegates were appointed to the programme, and less than 1% of these were awarded to the care sector.

The scholarship is for a virtual Leadership, Management and Supervisory training programme. It will last six-eight weeks and has been designed to motivate and develop top talent in response to the significant impact that the Covid-19 pandemic has had across the tourism and hospitality sectors in Scotland. 

Administered by HIT Scotland, the programme is funded by the Scottish Government’s National Transition Training Fund.

Speaking on the new programme, Jody Marshall, Meallmore’s Group Hospitality Manager said: “Meallmore is thrilled and honoured to be part of such a high profile training opportunity. As a care home provider which places a huge emphasis on hospitality in our homes, being awarded places in this prestigious hospitality industry programme will be a huge benefit to our team. We see this as a significant achievement for our brilliant staff.

“Meallmore has a fantastic team of talented, passionate and extremely motivated chefs and kitchen assistants. We provide the highest quality catering and hospitality services in the industry and offer an experience that you come to expect from the best restaurants and hotels around the world. This ensures we continue to provide the very best care and make each of our homes a place of comfort and happiness for every single one of our residents.”

Meallmore’s hospitality offering has also received industry awards. In 2021 Meallmore won The Nutrition and Eating Well Award at the Scottish Care Awards. This was awarded to Meallmore for its ‘whole home approach’ to food and nutrition within its care homes, as well as providing recognition to the catering and care staff and nutrition-related activities provided.

Meallmore also recently achieved the prestigious Investors in People (IIP) Gold Accreditation, recognising its commitment to its people. Fewer than 1,000 organisations in the whole of the UK currently have IIP Gold Accreditation, and only 62 of those are classified as care providers – with just six in Scotland.

In total, Meallmore operates 26 care homes across Scotland offering care for the elderly and mental health rehabilitation.

Since opening its first care home in Inverness in 1987, Meallmore has grown to become one of Scotland’s leading providers of private residential nursing and dementia care.

More information about Meallmore Ltd can be found at https://www.meallmore.co.uk/

More information about the virtual Leadership, Management and Supervisory training programme from HIT Scotland can be found at https://hitscotland.co.uk/talent-development-programme

A list of the successful applicants is below:

  • Nicola Low, Auchtercrag
  • Chris Cowan, Auchtercrag
  • Anna Koziarska, Bayview
  • Katie Richards, Grove
  • Catherine Bell, Grove
  • Paul O’Brein, St Modans
  • Peter Donaldson, Forthlands
  • Gillian Gilfether, Forthlands
  • John Paul Flynn, Alderwood
  • Maureen Grant, Greenan Manor
  • Emma Ferrante, Greenan Manor
  • Dan McGonigle, Kincaid
  • Andrew Johnstone, Culduthel
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