Ayrshire students complete popular bartender course

Ayrshire students complete popular bartender course

14 students at Ayrshire College have celebrated success after attending a six-week bartending training course in partnership with Diageo.

The Diageo Learning for Life: Hospitality and Bartending programme was delivered by Ayrshire College at its Ayr Campus training restaurant, INVER. The students also spent two weeks on work experience with some of Ayrshire’s leading restaurants, hotels and bars.

Students on the programme completed their work placements with the likes of Arthur Street Kitchen, Ayr Racecourse, The Brass & Granite, Cecchini’s, The Marine Hotel and Ayrshire College to gain vital on-the-job experience and learn from industry experts.

The group was also treated to a wine tasting session at Corney & Barrow, visited Ayr Racecourse, experienced an exclusive trip to Glenkinchie Distillery in East Lothian, and attended Diageo Bar Academy which included a cocktail masterclass and lunch at Arthur Street Bar & Kitchen.

The course 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 14 students celebrated with friends in family at a special ceremony held in the INVER restaurant on Monday 1 October.

The celebration marked the 17th Diageo Learning for Life programme to have taken place in association with Ayrshire College since November 2014. In total 216 students have completed the course.

Pauline Scott, the Ayrshire College Learning Engagement Officer who delivered the programme, said “The students have been fantastic. They have worked so hard and I’m proud of them all. I’m sure they will all on go onto positive destinations, whether that be employment in the hospitality industry or progressing onto a full-time college course.”

10 October 2018

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