Diageo has launched a training programme to give unemployed young Scots the skills they need to find work.
Diageo Learning for Life, Scotland, will provide technical training and work experience. Participants will also get advice on interview preparation, teamwork and communication.
The first phase of the £5m programme is focusing on bartending and hospitality. It will then expand to include retail, manufacturing and entrepreneurship.
Diageo said the programme would create opportunities for at least 200 newly trained graduates to work in hospitality, gaining experience in roles available as a result of the Commonwealth Games and Ryder Cup.
“The Ryder Cup and Commonwealth Games coming to Scotland in the same year give us a unique opportunity to have a positive impact on the lives of young people, and give a real boost to our hospitality industry,” said Peter Lederer, a director of Diageo Scotland and chairman of Gleneagles.
“Looking beyond 2014, we want to build on that by using our business in the broadest sense to help create opportunities for young people in manufacturing as well as hospitality,” he added. “We also want to encourage the kind of entrepreneurship that has made Scotch whisky a global triumph.”
Stacey Allen, 20, who has been unemployed since 2011, said: “The course has opened up a lot of opportunities to me. I’ve learned new skills, achieved new qualifications and received great encouragement.”