A taste of success for graduates

The graduating students on the Learning for Life programme.
The graduating students on the Learning for Life programme.

A group of 13 young people have graduated from Diageo’s Learning for Life programme and are embarking on new careers in the hospitality industry.

The 13 graduating students, all from Ayrshire, celebrated the completion of the six-week training course with their families at a ceremony at the Taste training restaurant on Ayrshire College campus.

The graduation marks the eleventh Diageo Learning for Life programme to have taken place in association with Ayrshire College since November 2015.

As part of their training, the students undertook two weeks of work experience with some of Ayrshire’s well known restaurants, hotels and bars including The Red Lion in Prestwick, Cecchini’s in Ardrossan, Franklin & Sloane in Kilmarnock, Troon Golf Club in Troon, The Tartan Sheep in Kilmarnock and McChristies in Crosshouse, to gain vital on-the-job experience to further their knowledge of the industry.

The students also undertook industry visits to the Whisky Experience in Kirkoswald, a wine tasting at Corney & Barrow in Ayr and participated in a cocktail masterclass at Si! Café bar.

The Diageo Learning for Life: Hospitality and Bartending Course is delivered by Ayrshire College, as part of Ayrshire College and Diageo’s partnership agreement. The programme aims to give young unemployed people the chance to learn new skills to help improve their career prospects and open up new opportunities.

Pauline Scott, Ayrshire College Learner Engagement Officer for Diageo Learning for Life said: “It’s an exciting day for our Ayrshire College students who have been working incredibly hard on the The Diageo Learning for Life Programme for the last six weeks. The course has provided them with industry recognised qualifications, strong practical skills and an increased confidence in their abilities and ambitions. The students have all passed their Scottish certificates for Personal Licence Holder enabling them to sell alcohol to the public and are fully trained ahead of a key period in the hospitality calendar.”