Carmichael backs skills programme

• Carmichael, the secretary of state for Scotland, joins Diageo students.

SECRETARY of state for Scotland, Alistair Carmichael, tried his hand at bartending last week when he joined students from Diageo’s Learning for Life programme.

The initiative, launched earlier this year, provides training for young people in Scotland to prepare them for careers in the hospitality industry.
Carmichael participated in a mixology class along with students who were about to complete their six-week training courses.
He said Scotland’s hospitality industry is “famed across the world”.
“It is great to see initiatives like Diageo’s Learning for Life programme working to raise the bar in hospitality while also creating job and training opportunities for young people,” said Carmichael.
Peter Lederer, director of Diageo and chairman of Gleneagles, and who heads the Learning for Life programme, said the initiative provides “expert sector-specific knowledge, but also valuable life skills, such as confidence and presentation, which are often barriers to gaining employment”.