The Wine & Spirit Education Trust has announced that it will allow Oddbins staff enrolled on Diploma Semester programmes to complete their studies. 

The off licence chain is set to enter administration on Monday after HMRC scuppered its plans to enter into a Company Voluntary Agreement with its creditors. 

The WSET said it took bookings for Oddbins staff to complete the diploma at the beginning of the year, despite the financial uncertainty surrounding the chain. 

WSET is unlikely to receive more than 7p in the pound from the £17,000 it is owed by Oddbins but said it did not want to disadvantage the students.
“As an educational charity we feel that it is right for us to fund the cost of Oddbins’ students to complete the Semester courses which they have already started,” said chief executive Ian Harris. 

“Also there is a Bursary Fund available to help them to complete any further courses, should they need financial support in the future to complete their qualifications. I hope that all of them – and indeed all current Oddbins’ employees – are able to continue working in the wine and spirit industry.” 

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