Press Release: The Worshipful Company of Distillers’ announces a dynamic new 3-year educational programme

The Worshipful Company of Distillers’ announces a dynamic new programme of scholarships and bursaries for over 100 students over the next three years. Financial support for key qualifications will be more than tripled with our UK educational partners who lead the world in spirits education. The WCD will be increasing the focus and share of money on less advantaged and promising students from a diverse range of backgrounds to help them achieve their ambitions, by meeting all the course fees in full.

Jonathan Driver, the Master of the Worshipful Company of Distillers said. “During these unprecedented times, we are very pleased to be able to make a difference to young people to help them attain future employment opportunities. We will also be capitalising on the rich source of skills and knowledge that resides in the membership of the Livery company, by offering a powerful new mentoring programme with added networking benefits”.

We will fund, through the Wine and Spirit Education Trust (WSET), 25 Distillers’ awards of bursaries and scholarships for students to take WSET spirits qualifications at levels 1-3.

The Institute of Brewing & Distilling (IBD) will receive funding for two full bursaries per year for the General Certificate in Distilling, two further three-year full bursaries per year and an annual scholarship for the Diploma in Distilling, a key step on the journey to reach the Master Distiller qualification.

The International Centre for Brewing and Distilling (ICBD) at Heriot Watt University in Edinburgh will, with the WCD’s continued financial support, deliver the MSc course scholarship.

Adding to this announcement, Past Master Richard Watling who leads the programme said. “These new initiatives will provide real impetus for training in distilled spirits in the UK, and we are thrilled to be able to support talented young people using all our considerable resources”.


Notes to the Editor The roots of the Worshipful Company of Distillers’ lie in vocational endeavour, reinforcing the aim to be at the “Heart of the Industry”. Recent research amongst training partners, scholars, corporate associates and member SME’s, reaffirmed a great desire for training and career support, especially among younger and aspiring members of the industry, and in the smaller companies with opportunities for work experience and training.

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