THE training team at drinks supplier Bibendum has been named Wine Educator of the Year by the Wine and Spirit Education Trust (WSET).
The accolade, which recognises people and companies delivering WSET courses around the world, marks the end of a successful year for the Bibendum training team after it was also named 2014 Educator of the Year by the International Wine Challenge.
Bibendum offers its customers and staff a range of wine training courses including WSET Level 2 and Level 3 awards as well as bespoke courses tailored to the individual’s professional experiences.
Bibendum’s UK training team is made up of four wine trainers, one spirits trainer and an administrative support team.
Ian Harris, chief executive of the WSET, said award judges were “very impressed” by Bibendum’s approach to training.
“[Bibendum programmes] were tailored to the needs of their customers and students, with an added focus on post-evaluation, thereby ensuring that they were continually improving the delivery on their WSET courses,” he said.
Michael Saunders, CEO of the Bibendum PLB Group, said the firm was “delighted that we have been recognised by both WSET and IWC for our training programmes”.
“Bibendum has been delivering training for over eight years and we are continuously looking at how we can develop our offering as we truly believe that education is at the heart of our industry,” said Saunders.
“Year on year the number of students passing through our doors has increased, the majority coming from our very diverse customer base.
“We are proud of our approach and this is reflected in our fantastic results and award wins.”