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Graduates from Diageo’s Learning for Life Bartender Programme try out their skills at the Mexico Grand Prix

10 graduates from the Bartender Programme in Mexico, part of Diageo’s learning for Life platform, spent four days gaining practical skills and being immersed in the bartending scene during the 2018 Mexico Grand Prix.

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For a second year in a row 10 graduates from Diageo’s Bartender Programme in Cancun, Playa del Carmen and Puebla joined the hospitality team during the Mexico Grand Prix in October. As part of their training and as recognition for their outstanding work, the graduates participated in a four day immersive experience packed with practical training as well as talks and masterclasses by some of Mexico’s most renowned mixologists.

The Bartender Programme is part of Diageo’s Learning for Life platform, designed to inspire and transform the lives of people throughout the communities in which we operate.

The graduate’s bartending induction was delivered by Ricardo Sandoval, former World Class winner and trainer of the Mexican World Class finalist. During the session he shared his personal experiences and the graduates had the opportunity to learn from one of the best bartenders in Mexico.

Learning for Life graduates at the Mexico Grand Prix

For many of the former students attending this was their first time serving thousands of people behind the bar. Over the four days they learnt how to work at speed, focus on quality of service and team work, and most importantly, how to connect with customers.

The Learning for Life graduates also had the opportunity to gain some professional expertise from Marco Dorantes - 2018 Mexico’s World Class winner- during a specially created masterclass, where he shared his experiences of the World Class finals in Berlin.

Our Learning for Life programme gives promising talent around the world the opportunity to reach their full potential and enhance their employment opportunities through training and education in the hospitality industry. Over 130,000 people have participated in Learning for Life, since launch in 2008, with more than 70% gaining permanent jobs. For the young people involved, the programme gives them great jobs, earning 200-300% more money and real hope. They run their own bars and businesses. Some go on to be world class in their field, competing in our international competition to find the best mixologists in the world.

Find out more on Learning for Life here. 

Learning for Life graduates at the Mexico Grand Prix