WSET – New Initiatives

The Wine & Spirit Education Trust (WSET) is pleased to announce that it is introducing with effect from 1st June 2020, online exams for its English language Level 1 Awards in Wines, Spirits and Sake and its Level 2 Awards in Wines and Spirits. This development forms part of WSET’s ongoing digital strategy, enabling as many students as possible to continue with their learning during the current COVID-19 crisis. The introduction of online exams means that students can now study for, and complete, WSET’s English language Level 1 and 2 qualifications from home. This gives them the flexibility to study for, and take, their exams anywhere in the world.

WSET has also today launched its Raising Spirits campaign in the US. The campaign has been set up to support the hard-hit US hospitality sector during the COVID-19 crisis. The campaign aims to offer a minimum of 5000 active members of the bar, restaurant, and hospitality sectors the opportunity to take an online WSET Level 1 Award in Spirits course.

The initiative will give hospitality employees the opportunity to increase their industry knowledge and skills while they are not able to work, and will provide a much-needed boost to the sector’s morale. WSET will cover the cost of the course but is looking at the US Drinks Industry for support. Anyone interested in becoming a corporate patron should contact [email protected] by 1st June 2020.

Sommeliers Australia has today pledged its support for the hard-hit hospitality industry, by partnering with the WSET to offer Level 1 wine and spirits courses online to hospitality professionals.

With all on-trade venues being forced to close their doors due to the COVID-19 outbreak, Sommeliers Australia is setting up a Hospitality Education Grant (HEG), keeping morale high by giving hospitality staff the opportunity to increase their wine and spirits knowledge and skills while they are unable to work.

See details of how to register here!

WSET is also partnering with Teeling Whiskey, the Irish Craft Cocktail Awards and the Irish Whiskey & Spirits Institute to offer spirits courses to Irish hospitality workers during the COVID-19 crisis. The initiative will enable hospitality staff who have lost their jobs due to the current crisis to take an online WSET Level 1 Award in Spirits course, and increase their industry knowledge and skills as they prepare to re-join the workforce.

Register your interest here before 1st June 2020.

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