The Diageo/Red Stripe Learning for Life (Dl4L) programme, through its training partner Bars to Go, completed the training of some 900 students in two programmes - project bartender and project hospitality. On Tuesday, August 20, and Wednesday, August 21, the students graduated at the Golf View Hotel, Mandeville, equipped with Heart Trust certified statements of competency, tenable throughout Caricom.
All students were also awarded certificates from Bars to Go and Learning for Life.
DL4L entails a variety of skills-training programmes where participants may choose to get certified according to their field of interest. Project bartender, project entrepreneur (design and construction) and project tourism (housekeeping, grounds maintenance/landscaping, general office administration, customer service, supervisory management, and food & beverage service) are all powered by the strengths and competencies of Red Stripe's staff.
Cedric Blair, managing director for Red Stripe, says that the country's success is greatly dependent on its labour force.
"As a company, Red Stripe knows the importance of education. As such, we have invested significantly in our Learning for Life programme in an effort to create that strong foundation for young adults to fulfil their dream through education and 'life skills' training. The programme offers individuals a genuine opportunity to gain employment and become active, respected contributors to their communities," Blair commented.
All these programmes are funded by Desnoes & Geddes and the Diageo Foundation.