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Seán Kelly MEP promotes youth employability and responsible drinking at Brussels event

Published: Fri, 29 June 2018

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Seán Kelly MEP and Leader of the Fine Gael Delegation in the European Parliament this week hosted an event with Diageo on youth employability and responsible drinking.

The event showcased the success of Diageo’s award-winning Learning for Life Programme which has not only reached 1,000 participants since its UK launch in 2014, but 81 percent of its graduates have gone into further training or employment, with 78pc securing long-term jobs.

“Ireland alone has had 232 graduates from the Programme since its launch in autumn 2014,” said Mr Kelly.

“It is essential for young adults to be offered opportunities and trainings to enter such a vital sector such as the hospitality industry and gain the soft and hard skills needed to thrive.”

The Ireland South MEP highlighted the importance of initiatives such as Learning for Life in helping in improving youth employability by equipping them with skills that will last them a lifetime and which can take them all across the world.

Successful graduates of the Programme demonstrated their new skills by conducting mixology demonstrations at the event while teaching guests about correct measurements and how to enjoy alcohol responsibly.

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