The first set of students from the pilot Learning for Life Hospitality and Bartending Course have graduated with a ceremony held at Diageo’s Global HQ in London.
The ceremony, which took place last Thursday 24th April celebrated the achievements of all London students that undertook the six week course.
The course, which was provided by training partner, Springboard, prepares young people for work in the hospitality industry by introducing both technical and vocation qualifications alongside industry visits and help with developing soft skills such as confidence building.
The Perceptions Group provided all students with a two week work placement in a London pub or bar and then a guaranteed interview with a local employer.
Keith Knowles, Chairman of the Perceptions Group, Pub and Bar Careers said:
“The Learning for Life programme is a great example of the industry investing in young people across the country. The Perceptions Group are more than happy to help Diageo promote careers in pubs and bars, whilst making people aware of the fantastic opportunities that the sector offers.”
Tom Esteves, one of the graduates, spoke about his experience of the course, saying:
“I think the hospitality industry is a great career option for me – you can progress quicker and there are more opportunities than in a lot of other industries. I’ve got a much clearer picture of where life could take me having completed the course.”
“When you are a customer in a pub or restaurant you don’t appreciate how much work goes on behind the bar and all the skills required to work there. I have loved the course – learning how to pour a perfect pint of Guinness and make the perfect Gin and Tonic, as well as dealing with real customers on my work placement.”