UNEMPLOYED young people in Stirling are being encouraged to sign up for a training programme in the new year.

Starting at the end of January, Diageo will run a six week training course, offering students the chance to gain the skills required for a career in the hospitality industry.

Along with an industry-recognised qualification, they will also get the opportunity to gain on-the-job experience with a two week work placement at some Forth Valley-based businesses.

The Diageo Learning for Life: Hospitality and Bartending programme provides coaching, core employability skills and specialist bartender training as well.

Nicola Reid, programme manager, said: “Young people in Scotland are full of passion and drive, and when combined with their new qualifications and experience, our students have the best possible opportunity to secure long-term employment in the hospitality industry.

“The sector is thriving and there are excellent opportunities for young people. Offering a solid platform for training and development, the Learning for Life course provides students with the opportunity to learn new skills, gain recognised qualifications and build confidence.”

For more information, visit careerscope.uk.net/work/vacancies/256-diageo-learning-for-life or email FionaB@springboarduk.org.uk alternatively.