September 12, 2014

Stirlingshire Graduates Tee-Off Hospitality Careers at Ryder Cup

Fourteen Stirlingshire Learning for Life graduates launched their careers at one of the world’s most prestigious sporting events.

The students from Diageo’s landmark ‘Project Hospitality’ training program became part of sporting history, by working at The 2014 Ryder Cup at Gleneagles after completing two-week internships at some of the city’s top restaurants and bars.

Project Hospitality is part of the company’s worldwide Learning for Life initiative to help provide young, unemployed people with the skills to succeed in some of Scotland's most vibrant sectors.

The students were joined at the Ryder Cup by their fellow graduates from the Fife, Perth and
Dundee Project Hospitality courses, where they served visitors from around the world.
Guests joined students to celebrate their graduation where they showcased their new skills by mixing a cocktail specially created to celebrate the Ryder Cup coming to Gleneagles in September.

Rhuiradh Speirs, a graduate from the program, said, “The Ryder Cup was a fantastic experience. The training throughout the Learning for Life course has been intensive and great fun and it was a once in a lifetime opportunity to showcase what we’ve learned at such an important event. I love golf so it was a dream come true for me!”

The program was led by Peter Lederer CBE, who has contributed 30 years’ service to the industry in Scotland since taking over running Gleneagles Hotel in January 1984. Peter is a Director of Diageo in Scotland and Chairman of Gleneagles.

He said, “Being hosts to the Ryder Cup at Gleneagles brings a fantastic opportunity for Scotland to showcase its emerging talent from areas such as Stirlingshire and the potential of those just beginning their careers within our hospitality industry, during the event and beyond. With Learning for Life, Scotland, Diageo is determined to play its part in driving the Ryder Cup legacy by helping a new generation of young people gain valuable technical expertise and life skills, such as confidence, communication and presentation, which are often barriers to gaining employment.”

Diageo Learning for Life programs provides young people with training and work based experiences, opening the door to a wide range of exciting career opportunities.

More than 150 graduates from Learning for Life, Scotland - launched in February by the world’s leading premium drinks business - have already enjoyed working at some of Scotland’s major events this year, including the Commonwealth Games and the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, whilst many have secured employment in pubs, bars and restaurants across Scotland.