Raise a glass to our new Ayrshire Bartenders

Raise a glass to our new Ayrshire Bartenders

Eleven 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.

Ayrshire College works in partnership with Diageo as part of their Learning for Life programme. The programme provides students with coaching, core employability skills and specialist bartender training, plus seven industry recognised qualifications, which opens the door to a wide range of exciting hospitality career opportunities in Scotland.

The celebration marks the eighteenth Diageo Learning for Life programme to have taken place in association with Ayrshire College since November 2014. As part of their training, the students undertook two weeks of work experience with some of Ayrshire’s leading restaurants, hotels and bars including Ayrshire College, Brig O ’Doon, The Goldberry Inn, Scruffy Duffys and The Old Loans Inn to gain vital on-the-job experience and learn from industry experts.

As part of the training programme the group were treated to an exclusive tour and tasting at Glenkinchie Distillery, and attended Diageo Bar Academy which included a cocktail masterclass and lunch at Salt & Barrel training restaurant.

Pauline Scott, Learner Engagement Officer said “Our Ayrshire College students in Kilmarnock have been working incredibly hard for the last six weeks, we are delighted to celebrate their success. It has been wonderful for us to see the students develop not only their knowledge and skills, but also their confidence.

“We really appreciate the support we have received from local employers, particularly the time that they have spent encouraging and supporting our students - the assistance is really crucial to the success of the course.”

The next programme will start at the end of January 2019 at the Ayr Campus. For more information about the course or to find out more about providing work experience placements, contact pauline.scott@ayrshire.ac.uk.

6 December 2018

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