At Irish Distillers, we are committed to sharing the knowledge and expertise we have acquired as a leading Irish producer of Irish Whiskey with the next generation of distillers who will continue the tradition of whiskey making into the future. This is why our partnership with Dublin Institute of Technology (DIT) is particularly close to our hearts.
Our partnership began in 2017 when DIT launched a new Brewing and Distilling stream to the BSc Food Innovation course, allowing students interested in these industries to specialise in this area. Irish Distillers was involved in establishing the course which strives to make Ireland a global centre of excellence for innovation in the drinks industry.
The central focus of the course is to facilitate both academic excellence and industry experience. Irish Distillers was particularly interested in ensuring that there would be an emphasis on practical experience for students during their specialisation. With that in mind, we were keen to provide students with the opportunity to complete work placements which would give them exposure to a real-life working environment and the chance to interact and learn from experts in their respective fields.
The partnership came to fruition in 2018 when two students from DIT were welcomed to our distillery at Midleton, Co. Cork for a six-month work placement. The placements were designed to give students real professional experience in the sector and to equip them with the knowledge and training to succeed in the industry into the future.
Eva Doherty was one student to be offered a work placement at Midleton Distillery. Eva was placed in the Micro Distillery, a state-of-the-art innovation hub, where she spent 3 months working alongside Henry Donnelly and Bronagh Kelly, two alumni of the Jameson Graduate Distillers programme on various innovation projects. She spent the second half of her placement in the Central Laboratory where she worked alongside Master Distiller, Brian Nation, on new product development.
Speaking about her placement, Eva said: “For me, the work placement was invaluable. Experiencing an industrial environment first hand and learning about the everyday challenges and successes of a company allows you to have a greater insight into the industry and what’s expected from you. Being able to apply the theory we learnt in college in real life scenarios was an excellent opportunity.”
We are delighted to have had the opportunity to play our part in mentoring the next generation of brewing and distilling professionals and are looking forward to continuing our partnership with DIT into the future.