See you soon: Guinness offers a free 15-day pre-employment training program


A new training program aimed at providing young people in Northern Ireland with the skills to start a career in the hospitality industry has been launched by Diageo.

Guinness Learning for Life – Gateway to Hospitality is a free 15-day pre-employment training program that will help young people aged 18-26 access hospitality jobs while investing in skills necessary to support the industry’s economic recovery.

The program was developed in partnership with the Springboard employment association and the Andras Group. The young people who participate will acquire targeted skills in industry and business, obtain an accredited qualification in the industry, receive a CV and technical support for interviews and be guaranteed an interview in the industry.

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Claire Hutchinson, Diageo NI, Corporate Relations, Director Sharon Thorpe, The Springboard Charity and Nicola O’Hare, Guinness Learning for Life Program Participant.

Pairing high potential people with vacancies in the industry in order to close the skills gap, the Guinness Learning for Life program has gained in importance, with many young people leaving the hospitality industry due to the impact of the pandemic.

Commenting on Diageo’s commitment to supporting the industry and the opportunity the program offers to young people, Claire Hutchinson, head of corporate relations at Diageo, said: of mandatory closings.

“Our Guinness Learning for Life – Gateway to Hospitality program will provide young people in Northern Ireland with the tools, training and skills in the key areas they need to find employment and thrive in the hospitality industry.

“After the devastating impact of the pandemic, the need to close the skills gap has never been greater, with businesses shutting down and young people, so essential to the dynamism of the industry, moving away to seek a job. employment in other sectors.

“The industry and its value chain are crucial to the recovery and long-term economic prosperity of Northern Ireland as a whole and it is good to see companies resuming trade with their customers as a result of the challenges without previous of the last 18 months. Programs like Guinness Learning for Life will help support the industry by providing the exemplary service for which it is renowned around the world.

Sharon Thorpe, Springboard Charity, added: “We are really excited to partner with Diageo on the Gateway to Hospitality training program with a collective approach to raising awareness to the hospitality, leisure and tourism industry, by encouraging young people to choose as a real career option.

“Given the wide variety of course content, this is a fantastic opportunity to learn many new skills and gain industry accredited qualifications… all in just 15 days. Like this partnership, it is so important that organizations work together to raise awareness of the variety of opportunities within the industry and to promote it and its many roles.

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