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Ayrshire College raises a toast at Scottish Parliament

Ayrshire College raises a toast at Scottish Parliament

Ayrshire College raised a toast at a special event at the Scottish Parliament in Edinburgh to celebrate the 1000th graduate from the Diageo sponsored nationwide Hospitality and Bartender programme.

Ayrshire College works in partnership with Diageo as part of the Ayrshire Bartender initiative, where students acquire new skills, gain seven nationally recognised qualifications, take part in two weeks work experience, and learn from hospitality industry experts.

The College has run twelve Ayrshire bartender programmes since it formed in 2014. Since then, 147 students have graduated and the success of the programme is evident - with 65% gaining hospitality jobs immediately, and 75% after only three months of completing the programme.

Eleven graduates attended the event, three worked with the bar team, mixing and serving cocktails and mocktails to guests on the day.

Support from local Ayrshire businesses and industry partners, who have provided workshops, visits, work experience and employment, has been invaluable for the programme.

David Cutter, Diageo’s President of Global Supply and Procurement, said: “The Diageo Learning for Life programme is one of our proudest achievements in Scotland because of the transformational impact it has on the lives of young people.”

Chris Letford, a graduate of the Diageo Learning for Life programme in Ayrshire who has gone on to become Team Leader at Glasgow Prestwick Airport’s Elvis bar, spoke at the event and said it had been “an amazing experience I'll never forget“.

Students currently attending August 2017 Programme at the Kilmarnock campus will graduate in September.

For more information on the Ayrshire Bartender Programme contact

12 September 2017

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