Diageo praised for training schemes

Drinks giant recognised for its work with young people

• Diageo’s supply director Ewan Andrew with Angela Constance MSP (left) and Laura Peacock of Investors in Young People.

DRINKS giant Diageo has been recognised for its work with young people in Scotland.

The firm, whose brands include Guinness, Smirnoff, Johnnie Walker and Bell’s, has achieved Investors in Young People (IIYP) accreditation in recognition of its training, apprenticeship and employment opportunities for young people.
Diageo’s initiatives include Learning for Life Scotland – a £5 million programme launched earlier this year which provides technical training and work
experience to young people across the retail and hospitality sectors.
The scheme will offer accredited training to more than 200 people who will be offered work placements in venues across Scotland.
Diageo also works with universities and has 30 former students on its graduate programme with plans to recruit up to 20 more next year; and it currently has 67 apprentices at its International Supply Centre with the majority located across its Scottish sites.
Ewan Andrew, supply director at Diageo’s International Supply Centre in Edinburgh, said the company is “thrilled” to receive IIYP accreditation, which is part of Investors in People Scotland.
“Through our apprenticeships, internships, graduate and training schemes we aim to open the door to rewarding careers for young people,” he said. “It’s also great for our company as we are always looking to employ and develop talented people who can grow and develop our business.”
Peter Russian, chief executive of Investors in People Scotland, said: “This is an excellent achievement and we are delighted to be working with a globally recognised organisation.”