Charity Projects

Liverymen recognise that alongside the charitable and educational opportunities the livery can offer, there exists a wealth of commercial experience to be passed on, and a desire to give back to others active in the industry. It’s part of our ambition to be at the hub of the industry.

Volunteering and Mentoring

As Liverymen we are committed to charitable giving as a core element of our membership. However, volunteering your time, your experience or expertise are just as valuable to support learning and are areas of skill that we intend to develop in our Company.

A recent survey revealed a fantastic willingness to serve in our Livery – 48% were ready to give their support and more were looking for further information. Building on that we are creating projects for example to offer mentoring to our Educational Bursary students, to become a school governor or to give time to young people who gather in youth zones in deprived areas.  We have launched our first initiative in conjunction with the Drinks Trust, and plan to expand our scheme in the Autumn of 2020.

We have also developed a mentoring programme to launch in 2021.
Further details can be obtained from our development Director Clive Bairsto who can be contacted at: office@distillers.org.uk

Education and Vocational Training

The roots of our Livery lie in vocational endeavour and reinforce our aim to be at the ‘hub of the industry’. In light of this, the Livery Working Group for Vocational Training (VT), under Past Master Richard Watling, was created in mid-2019 and undertook research among training partners, scholars, corporate associates and member SMEs.

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Key takeaways are 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.

The next steps include a full review of our current awards, with a view to granting larger and better targeted bursaries and scholarships that will make a real difference. We will create much stronger partnerships with training providers that recognise needs in new subjects particularly in more commercial areas.

Lastly, we are developing a wide range of other means to deliver vocational support that include knowledge capture, sign-posting courses and partnerships, work experience, and networking – all of which will emerge over the next 12-36 months with plenty of opportunities for Liverymen to provide support from their experience.