13th January was a big day for Diageo’s Learning for Life programme in Ireland after it was chosen by the Government as a centrepiece to launch its new national plan to provide training and education opportunities for the long-term unemployed.
Taoiseach Enda Kenny, Tanaiste Joan Burton, and three other Government ministers came to the Guinness Storehouse to launch the plan, Pathways to Work, where they met graduates from Diageo’s Learning for Life programme in Ireland who are now working full time in Ireland’s Number One visitor experience.
During the launch both the Taoiseach and Tanaiste praised Diageo for its commitment to education, training and employment, praising the Storehouse as a centre of excellence for hospitality in Ireland.
Storehouse Managing Director Paul Carty acted as MC for the launch, while Diageo Ireland CSR manager Angela Smith addressed attended guests including national media and senior servants and told them how Learning for Life had grown in just two years from a pilot programme to where it is now being rolled out nationwide.
Angela was also able to announce that a number of Government agencies had made commitments to co-funding aspects of Learning for Life, meaning that it can now be expanded to at least seven towns and cities across Ireland, providing education and training places in 2016 to more than 120 young people who are currently unemployed.
What made the launch however were the four Learning for Life graduates who since completing the programme have joined the Storehouse team.
Robyn Murray, Lorraine O Connor, Daniel O’Callaghan and Hayleigh Foran were brilliant ambassadors, not only for Learning for Life, but for Diageo and the Guinness Storehouse.