Training for a new set of distilling skills

04 May, 2007

Scotch whisky industry employees can study for a new vocational qualification that includes training in distilling, warehousing and bottling.

The Spirits Industry Vocational Qualification has been created to reflect the industry's commitment to building employee skills across Scotland.

The standards have been developed in partnership with the Scottish Qualifications Authority and cover a wide range of activities, including malting, distilling, warehousing, bottling and health and safety. Candidates must successfully complete eight units out of the 44 units on offer.

Peter Nelson, chairman of the distilling industry training committee, said: "Supporting and developing a highly skilled workforce is essential to Scotch whisky's continuing competitiveness. I'm delighted we have been able to develop these qualifications tailored to distillers' needs, enabling industry staff to broaden their existing skills and knowledge."

The new qualification will replace the Distilling Industry Vocational Qualification and is open to anyone in the distilling industry.




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