The Wine & Spirit Education Trust (WSET) has formed a strategic alliance with Women of the Vine & Spirits, the membership organisation that promotes the advancement of women in the alcohol beverage industry, worldwide.

The mutual alliance aims to “improve the visibility of progression paths and opportunities for women in the wine and spirits industry”, the two groups said. This will be achieved primarily through the development of shared content for WSET alumni and Women of the Vine & Spirits members.

As part of the alliance, Women of the Vine & Spirits will become WSET’s 49th Corporate Patron, while WSET will support Women of the Vine & Spirits as one of its Corporate Members.

The duo will generate opportunities for collaboration and education to benefit their members and alumni, respectively, including co-hosted webinars, resource downloads, Women of the Vine & Spirits Foundation Scholarships to contribute to WSET course, and more.

Ian Harris, WSET chief executive, will be speaking at the Women of the Vine & Spirits International Summit in London on June 28, 2018.

He said: “WSET is a champion for equal opportunity in the industry, emphasising the value of education for all professionals and enthusiasts, men and women. 43% of WSET Diploma graduates are women and eight out of the past 10 highest scoring Diploma students have been female. We look forward to collaborating with Women of the Vine & Spirits to develop further opportunities together for the benefit of our students, our partner’s members and the industry at large.”

Deborah Brenner, founder and ceo of Women of the Vine & Spirits, said: “Education is vital to empowering women. We value and recognise the benefit that higher knowledge gives to an individual seeking to progress their career. We are thrilled to be working with WSET as a leader in the field and are excited for the new prospects our alliance will create for a successful future.”

As an additional benefit, WSET Diploma students and alumni will be entitled to 20% off membership for Women of the Vine & Spirits; conversely, members of the latter group are eligible to apply for scholarships through its Foundation.