JOHANNESBURG, South Africa–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Bacardi, the world’s largest privately held spirits company, brings Shake your future – it’s free, professional bartender training program for disadvantaged young adults – in South Africa for the first time.
Program participants will receive training to develop a career in the art of bartending and mixology, and invaluable work experience in some of the best bars and restaurants in the industry. – by giving them the chance to make a new start in life.
The launch in South Africa marks a significant milestone in the continued expansion of the program, which originally launched in 2018. To date, Shake your future trained young adults in France, Spain and Italy, and 80% of graduates to have ensured successful careers in the hospitality industry.
The 16 weeks Shake your future The course kicks off today in South Africa, with 20 aspiring bartenders – 10 in Gauteng and 10 in the Western Cape – and plans are in place for future program rollouts in the coming months.
According to a Statistics South Africa report, the country’s youth unemployment rate is at an incredibly high 66.5%. Meanwhile, talent in the Ho.re.ca industry (hotels, restaurants and cafes) has been one of the hardest hit by the COVID-19 pandemic. This is a challenge that the Bacardi family business has recognized and is committed to playing a part in solving. Through his Shake your future programme, the company encourages new talent and offers them opportunities within the industry, while also supporting its partners in the hospitality industry who are struggling to find qualified staff.
“Shake your future allows us to give back and meet the needs of bar owners looking for talented bartending staff by bringing in exciting new talent for the future,” says Yeshene Singh, Bacardi South Africa Country Manager. “We are proud to bring this truly transformative program to South Africa – we have seen it change lives and build brighter futures for our graduates in other countries, and now we look forward to doing the same here at Gauteng and the Western Cape.”
Bacardi has partnered with Managed People Solutions (MPS) and Thirst Bar Services in South Africa on selecting candidates and creating a program that provides students with the best hands-on experiences in bartending, including the art of bartending and mixology, and practical skills behind the bar.
Graduates will receive globally recognized certification with the Wine and Spirit Education Trust Level 1 accreditation, which will provide them with career opportunities in the hospitality industry and beyond.
For more information on the Shake your future program, visit https://www.bacardilimited.com/corporate-responsibility/shakeyourfuture/.
About Bacardi South Africa (Pty) Ltd.
Bacardi South Africa (Pty) Ltd. is part of the Asia, Middle East and Africa (AMEA) business of family-owned Bacardi Limited. Based in Bermuda, Bacardi Limited is the largest privately held spirits company in the world and remains a family business after seven generations. In AMEA, Bacardi has a portfolio of some of the most recognized and best-selling spirits brands in the world, including BACARDÍ® rum, GRAY GOOSE® vodka, PATRÓN® tequila, DEWAR’S ® Blended Scotch Whiskey, BOMBAY gin SAPPHIRE®, the MARTINI® vermouth, sparkling wines and other leading and emerging brands. Founded 160 years ago in Santiago de Cuba, the family-owned Bacardi Limited currently employs more than 8,000 people, operates manufacturing plants in 10 countries and sells its brands in more than 170 countries. Bacardi Limited refers to the Bacardi group of companies, including Bacardi International Limited. Visit www.bacardilimited.com or follow us on TwitterLinkedIn or Instagram.