Tennent’s takes training to Isles

Brewer links up with JW Gray to deliver courses in Orkney and Shetland

TENNENT’S Lager is taking its Training Academy to the Northern Isles.
Scotland’s biggest alcohol brand has struck a deal with wholesaler JW Gray which will see it establish new satellite training centres in depots on Orkney and Shetland.

The centres will run courses on a variety of topics, including food hygiene, wines and spirits, management skills and customer service.
JW Gray has already been running a range of courses for islanders, which have largely focused on alcohol legislation.
“Tennent’s Training Academy promotes excellence and the highest quality standards across Scotland’s hospitality industry and we have been delighted with the positive feedback from attendees and the wider business community to date,” said Steve Annand, interim managing director of Tennent Caledonian Breweries.
“We are as committed as we have ever been to providing support and investment for the future of Scotland’s hospitality industry and this latest opportunity in association with JW Gray & Co allows training to become more accessible to the hospitality industry of the Islands.”
News of the satellite centres, which will welcome attendees from August 28, comes as the Training Academy, which is based at Tennent’s Wellpark Brewery in Glasgow, prepares to host its first Modern Apprentice of the Year Awards.
A partnership with Skills Development Scotland, the awards will recognise the top two students currently studying for SVQs through the academy, with the titles of Food and Beverage Apprentice of the Year and Chef Apprentice of the Year up for grabs.
The awards will be held at the academy on August 23 and will task the 14 candidates in each category to complete a series of challenges set by judges.
The food and beverage candidates will compete in areas such as customer service and mixology, while the chef apprentices will face off in kitchen skills and culinary challenges.
The winning food and beverage candidate can look forward to a placement with hotel firm the Townhouse Collection, while the culinary winner will spend a week at Restaurant Martin Wishart in Leith.
The winners will also take home a trophy and vouchers for future Training Academy courses.
“In the ten months since we opened our doors, we have seen nearly 300 apprentices walk through our doors where we have helped place them in quality work placements throughout Scotland,” said Academy director.
“The Apprenticeship scheme is invaluable for those looking for practical on-the-job training whilst being able to earn a decent qualification and, of course, a wage.
“Placements have been extremely popular and the upcoming Awards will not only highlight this but also give the apprentices a great spotlight for showcasing their talent. We’re looking forward to it.”
The awards contest will take place on August 23 at the Tennent’s Training Academy.