Hospitality workers in Fife and the Highlands are being offered the chance to enhance their skills and gain qualifications, as the Diageo Learning for Life: Hospitality Elevator course comes to the regions.


Launched earlier this year, the Hospitality Elevator programme is aimed at over 18s currently working on part-time or zero-hour contracts in bartending or front of house roles who are looking to increase their hours, level of responsibility and develop skills to aid career development.


Completely free to attend, the new course comprises of four locally tailored one-day modules held over a three-month period and includes Diageo Bar Academy (spirits and beer training), as well as the opportunity for participants to be awarded with nationally recognised qualifications in personal licence, food safety and customer service.


Nicola Reid, Programme Manager, Diageo Learning for Life, Great Britain and Europe, says: “We’re very excited to be bringing the new Diageo Learning for Life: Hospitality Elevator course to Inverness and Fife for the first time.


“The hospitality sector is growing rapidly, which offers a wonderful opportunity for those working in the industry to progress their careers. The future looks bright and I would encourage anyone interested in taking their career to the next level to sign up for the programme.”


Hospitality Elevator courses operate alongside Diageo’s award-winning Learning for Life: Bartending and Hospitality programme which was launched in 2014 and has seen more than 1,200 unemployed people graduate, progressing into careers in the UK hospitality industry.


The new programme will be delivered by The Springboard Charity, Diageo’s specialist training partner. Inga McVicar, National Programmes Manager for Springboard, says: “Developed out of established Springboard Charity models, and injected with exclusive Diageo content, to support and enhance skills development in hospitality, the Hospitality Elevator course offers participants tailored opportunities to gain new skills, further qualifications and greater confidence. At the same time, it provides hospitality employers support to upskill, develop and retain their team members.


“This is an excellent chance for bartenders and front of house staff to improve their prospects, and for the hospitality industry to offer enhanced opportunities to its talent. “


The Learning for Life: Hospitality Elevator course in Fife and Inverness begins in April. Individual hospitality workers and hospitality businesses are encouraged to contact the Springboard Charity to get involved and take advantage of this opportunity for themselves and their teams. For more information visit:, or contact Fiona Bingham