Ayrshire Bartender students toast their success

Ayrshire Bartender students toast their success

Nine students celebrated completing the six-week Ayrshire Bartender training course during a special ceremony held at the Salt & Barrel training restaurant on Ayrshire College’s Kilmarnock Campus.

Ayrshire College works in partnership with Diageo as part of their Learning for Life programme and provides students with coaching, core employability skills and specialist bartender training, plus seven industry-recognised qualifications.

The students undertook two weeks of work experience with some of Ayrshire’s well-known restaurants, hotels and bars including The Palace Theatre, Dean Castle and Country Park, The Den and Caprington Golf Club in Kilmarnock, Bar Sport and Riverside Lodge Hotel in Irvine and the Auld Clock Café in Glengarnock.

As part of the training programme, the group were treated to exclusive visits to Trump Turnberry and the Whisky Experience in Kirkoswald, as well as delivering a full dinner service for 60 members of the Rotary Club of Ayr at the college training restaurant Inver.

The graduation marks the sixteenth Diageo Learning for Life programme to have taken place since November 2014.

Hospitality Lecturer, Pauline Scott, said “It has been amazing to see the students not only develop their knowledge and skills but also improve their confidence over the past few weeks.

“We have received fantastic backing from local employers and we really appreciate the time that is given up to encourage these young people to consider a career in the hospitality sector - the support is really crucial to the success of the course.

“Five of the graduates have already confirmed their next steps, with three securing employment with their work placement providers and two choosing to undertake further studies at the college.”

The next programme begins on 20 August 2018. For more information about the course or to find out more about providing work experience placements, contact pauline.scott@ayrshire.ac.uk

7 June 2018


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