Learning for Life

Learning for Life is a programme designed to inspire and transform the lives of people throughout the communities in which we operate.

Bartender making a drink

With a focus on adult education, the programme is implemented in partnership with local educational, governmental and training organisations.

Learning for Life provides tools, training and skills in four key areas related to our industry and value chain – hospitality, retail, entrepreneurship and bartending – and is designed to:

  • Promote gender equality and empower women and girls
  • Promote inclusive sustainable growth
  • Promote skills, employability, and lifelong learning
  • Promote better health and well-being.

Learning for Life matches high-potential individuals with vacancies within the industry and works to reduce the gap between people’s skills and the competencies required by employers. By ensuring work experience for at least 70% of participants, the programme supports the United Nations Sustainable Development Goal of achieving employment and decent work for all.


Learning for Life has become an integral part of our business since it launched in Latin America and the Caribbean in 2008. It now has a truly global presence, with new programmes launched in North America, Ireland, Scotland, Germany, Ecuador and South Africa.

Learning for Life successfully runs more than 90 programmes a year in more than 40 countries, and has reached more than 140,000 people.

Dene's story

Learning for Life provides young unemployed people such as Dene with opportunities to gain basic employability skills, specialist training and work experience. This dramatically improves their livelihoods and future opportunities.