Diageo Learning For Life goes virtual

Diageo Learning For Life Virtual Academy

Diageo’s employability programme Learning for Life has launched on a new Virtual Hospitality Academy, to ensure its hospitality training can continue during the Covid-19 pandemic.

Created and delivered by The Springboard Charity, the ‘Virtual Academy’ is open to new applicants who are looking to develop key skills in hospitality and improve their future employability, as well as over 2,000 individuals who have previously taken part in the Diageo Learning for Life programme across the UK.

With the majority of the UK hospitality sector currently not operational due to lockdown, the Diageo Learning for Life Virtual Academy aims to encourage those at home to improve their skills and earn new certificates, which will help them to be at the front line of the recovery process.

A first for Diageo, the programme will be delivered fully online and includes over 40 online knowledge, skills and training modules and webinars specifically designed by Springboard to support, motivate and alleviate isolation for learners at this time.

Guest speakers from the industry will also host online sessions and each student will receive access to dedicated one-to-one mentoring and coaching.

Lucy Lamb, programme manager at Diageo Learning for Life, said: “As the coronavirus pandemic continues to develop, we have halted our traditional classroom and work experience programme in line with government recommendations.

“With 900 individuals still actively involved in the programme across the UK, we had to move quickly to think of alternative ways to continue supporting them.

“Our partner, The Springboard Charity, has developed the excellent Virtual Hospitality Academy, which allows Diageo Learning for Life to continue supporting those in our communities by delivering online training modules, webinars and vital one-to-one careers advice and support.

“The Diageo Learning for Life programme provides students with a foundation in hospitality, which increases employability by developing key skills including customer service, teamwork, resilience and communication.

“We hope the Diageo Learning for Life: Virtual Academy will encourage those at home to use the time to complete modules to build on their accomplishments, secure new qualifications and increase their employability ahead of the restart.”

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