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New hospitality project will pay students to train

27 Apr 2007

New hospitality project will pay students to train A hotel group has launched the UK's first education centre for the hospitality industry - and students will be paid to study there.

MacDonald Hotels hope the project will counter the growing skills shortage in the sector.

The Centre of Applied Tourism and Hospitality Management (CATHM) will be located at the company's Aviemore Highland resort. It will cater for 24 students at first, rising to 120 students within three years.

Dr Craig Thompson, managing director of CATHM, said that the centre would be a "driving force" for education across the whole hospitality industry.

The centre also emphasises that it will offer students debt-free study. Trainees will pay a fee at the start of the course to cover tuition, accommodation and food. However, paid internships are then built into each stage of the programme, enabling students to pay off the debt.

Hospitality students should be encouraged to learn that there are plenty of job opportunities when they graduate. Experts estimate there are currently over 20,000 tourism vacancies in the UK.

It is also thought the situation will worsen as the industry grows and has to deal with major upcoming events like the 2012 Olympics.

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