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Best of Taste.

Hospitality is an area where jobs are plentiful and the best chefs can taste the good life, with salaries of up to pounds 40,000 a year.

And students preparing for the industry can find courses spiced up by placements abroad.

At Reid Kerr College, in Paisley, department head John Baird says he has employers looking for staff phoning in nearly every day.

The good news for any would-be students is that the college still have places available for next session on some full-time and part-time hospitality courses.

HNC courses are available in professional cookery, licensed house operations, and hospitality operations. An HND in hospitality management is also on offer.

Further education colleges like Reid Kerr try to accommodate a wide range of students.

Access courses are available to those whose qualifications are a touch on the light side. Yet the college's training and tuition facilities are regularly used for degree-level students too - through a tie-up with Paisley University.

Mr Baird says the hospitality industry is sometimes still tainted by the stigma of low pay, and admits that can be the case at ground level.

"But when you get up the ladder, rates of pay and benefits can be highly competitive - with top chefs able to earn between pounds 20,000 and pounds 40,000 a year," he says.

Funding is available for all full-time students through the Scottish Education Department, which would at the very least pay all tuition fees.

Students are encouraged to take advantage of short college hours, however, and to gain work in the industry while they are studying.

The emphasis is very much on practical skills, and the college will help students find work placements, if required.

For those on the HND course, work placements took a few lucky students last year as far as the Italian Riviera and Scandinavia.

They went on full exchange scholarships which paid for their travel and accommodation while they gained valuable tips in the continental hospitality industry.

The one-year, full-time GSVQ access courses attract bursaries run through the college which will pay for tuition, uniforms, books and equipment. So you have no excuses for not checking out your opportunities.

The college also runs a range of evening leisure classes which are a very popular way of brushing up your skills in a wide range of talents - from wine tasting and Masterchef classes to learning how to whip up your first omelette!

For information, call Catriona or Audrey in Student Services at Reid Kerr on 0141 889 4225.

Scotland's Entrepreneur of the Year, Sports Division boss Tom Hunter, will tomorrow urge business people to abandon their "comfort zone" and "go the extra mile".

Tom will be part of a double act, with motivation guru Jack Black, of Mindstore fame, for members and guests of the Entrepreneurial Exchange at the Glasgow Royal Concert Hall event.

Someone was quick enough out of their comfort zone to spot an opportunity here, mind you. Tickets for the event cost pounds 75 a head.

But then that does include a `light buffet'!
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Date:Jun 19, 1997
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