Three cheers for bartenders

Pauline Cummings learning bartending skills whilst on the course.
Pauline Cummings learning bartending skills whilst on the course.

A Girvan student says her dreams of opening a specialist coffee shop have been reinforced after completing a course at the Carrick Opportunities Centre.

Pauline Cummings, 26, was one of nine students who took part in a six week Hospitality and Bartending Diageo Learning for Life Programme ran by Ayrshire College. Support from Carrick businesses including Flynn’s Boatyard, Glenapp Castle, Woodland Bay Hotel and the Whisky Experience in Kirkoswald proved invaluable when it came to delivering product knowledge, industry awareness, master classes, dining and customer care and work experience.

Pauline said: “After my work experience placement in a bar restaurant, I have decided to further develop my barista experience and qualifications. My dream of opening a specialist coffee shop has been affirmed and I will be working towards this.”

The course was the fourth Ayrshire College have ran and the programme been designed in partnership with Diageo to enable students to develop the skills and knowledge necessary to start a career within today’s vibrant hospitality industry.

With six recognised industry qualifications, the programme aims to create more employment opportunities for young, local people.

The nine students celebrated with family and friends as well as staff from the centre, industry partners and local councillors.

A fifth course in Hospitality and Bartending will begin at the college’s Ayr campus at the end of this month.