Free 10 Week Bartending Training Program

February 26, 2023

Bacardi – in partnership with the Department of Workforce Development — is launching ‘Shake Your Future,’ which offers five people the chance to take part in a free 10-week training program that includes four weeks of training in London, four weeks of work placement in Bermuda, and two weeks of marketing workshops.

A spokesperson said, “Bacardi Limited, the largest privately held spirits company in the world, in partnership with the Bermuda Government’s Department of Workforce Development, is launching Shake Your Future – its free, professional bartender training program for unemployed young adults in Bermuda for the first-time.

“As part of the inaugural Shake Your Future Bermuda offering, five individuals will be enrolled in a 10-week training program that includes four weeks of training in London at the European Bartending School, followed by a four-week job placement opportunity with bars and restaurants in Bermuda, along with 2 weeks of personal branding and marketing workshops.

“Graduates receive an internationally recognized diploma and are empowered to transform their lives and build a brighter future. The program was originally created in 2018 and has launched across the globe including in Italy, France, India, South Africa and other markets, 80% of graduates secured successful careers in the hospitality industry.”

The spokesperson said, “According to the most recent statistics published in the 2020 Labour Force Survey Report, the jobless rate for Bermudians was 9.6 per cent, with Black Bermudians being hardest hit by the pandemic-induced recession. Additionally, the 2018 Bermuda Hospitality Needs Assessment Study, carried out by PwC Bermuda for the Bermuda Tourism Authority, indicated that Bermuda’s need for hospitality workers will increase as new hotels open on the Island. These are challenges that family-owned Bacardi has recognized and is committed to working with the Bermuda Government in playing a part to resolve.”

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“Shake Your Future is a truly transformative programme that changes lives and builds a brighter future for our graduates. We have seen the impact it has had in other countries and are proud to be introducing the program to Bermuda, home of our global headquarters,” says Douglas Mello, Bacardi Limited Managing Director. “We are committed to giving back to our community and continuing to support the needs of bar owners and hospitality partners by introducing new, exciting talent now and for the future.”

“I am excited for the launch of the Bacardi Shake Your Future Program”, said the Minister of Economy and Labour, Jason Hayward. “I am pleased that the Government is partnering with Bacardi, a global leader in the spirits industry, to unleash the potential in a future generation of bartenders. This programme is an excellent opportunity to learn a trade that can place individuals on the path to success. The robust training curriculum will equip individuals with the skillsets required for a rewarding career in bartending and mixology, and I thank Bacardi for spearheading this wonderful initiative.”

The spokesperson said, “Shake Your Future is running in select cities across the globe with an ever-growing number of bar and restaurant partners pledging their support and giving the trainees the all-important experience they need to change their lives. For more information on how to apply, head to the Bermuda Job Board and type “Shake Your Future” into the search box.”

The Bermuda Job Board states, “This program is fully funded and paid for by Bacardi Limited and the Department of Workforce Development,” and notes you must be a high school graduate or equivalent, 21 years or older, available to complete the “full 10 week training program Commencement date: March 30th.”

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