MONTEGO BAY, St James:
Red Stripe, in partnership with the HEART Trust/NTA, launched another of its Diageo Learning for Life programmes in western Jamaica on Thursday.
The million-dollar investment is aimed at empowering inner-city youth with the requisite bartending skills that will make them employable and meaningful contributors to their communities.
One hundred and forty students from the communities of Kensington, North Gully, and Cambridge in St James will benefit from a 12-week training course being conducted at Robbie's Kitchen at the Half Moon Shopping Centre in Rose Hall, Montego Bay.
The proprietor of Robbie's Kitchen, Robert Josephs, has partnered with Red Stripe on this programme, providing his location free of cost. Additionally, he has committed to employing two students who graduate from the initiative.
"I strongly believe in trans-formational interventions like this programme as it is important to the hospitality industry as a whole, but critically important to the service levels that we are able to deliver to our business," said Josephs.
"The role that Red Stripe is playing demonstrates the importance of the linkages between the manufacturing sector and tourism."
Upon successful completion of the course, students will each receive the HEART Trust/NTA statement of competency.
Red Stripe's move comes on the heels of a recent announcement that the company will offer 1,400 scholarships to needy students across Jamaica.
CAPTION: Communications manager at Red Stripe, Dianne Ashton-Smith (centre), gives the thumbs up to Rosalee Green (second left) of Montpelier, St James, at the start of a two-day training course spearheaded by the Diageo Learning for Life programme, the foundation arm of Red Stripe. Also in the discussion are (from left) Red Stripe's Brian Pengelley; participant Toussaint Harris of Roehampton, St James; and Totlyn Brown-Robb, Red Stripe's corporate relations coordinator.