Burn Stewart Distillers - Colin McGhee

Burn Stewart Distillers - Colin McGhee

A taste of a career in the food and drink industry is on offer thanks to a new pilot project involving top Scottish companies.

Leading distillers Burn Stewart is partnering with Skills Development Scotland and South Lanarkshire College on the ‘Tasty Jobs’ initiative, aimed at attracting new talent into the sector using the Certificate of Work Readiness.

The firm’s HR manager, Bill Porterfield, explained: “We’re keen to encourage young people to consider the production side of the whisky industry as a career and this programme will allow us to assess the young person’s suitability before we offer them a job. Those who successfully complete the Certificate of Work Readiness will be able to progress to a one-year Modern Apprenticeship programme.”

SDS’s Certificate of Work Readiness scheme helps young people show employers they are ready for work. It includes 190 hours of work experience and time with a training provider to work on their wider skills. The young person is assessed by the employer at the end of the placement.

Employers who want to know more about how the programme can ensure they gain a work ready member of staff can visit www.ourskillsforce.co.uk. Meanwhile, individuals can find out more about the new qualification, including video case studies and much more, at www.myworldofwork.co.uk