WSET champions women through new partnership

23rd May, 2018 by Melita Kiely

The Wine & Spirit Education Trust (WSET) has teamed up with Women of the Vine & Spirits to support the empowerment and advancement of women in the alcohol industry.

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WSET and Women of the Vine & Spirits hope to raise awareness of career progression for women in the drinks industry

Both groups hope to raise greater awareness of career progression and opportunities for women within the wine and spirits sectors, and will create shared content between WSET alumni and Women of the Vine & Spirits members.

As well as offering co-hosted webinars and resources to download, the Women of the Vine & Spirits Foundation Scholarships will contribute to WSET course fees.

As a result of the new partnership, Women of the Vine & Spirits will become the WSET’s 49th corporate patron, while the WSET will act as one of the Women of the Vine & Spirits’ corporate members.

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.”

Ian Harris, WSET chief executive, will speak at the Women of the Vine & Spirits International summit in London on 28 June, described as a “first of its kind” gathering of industry professionals dedicated to collaborating, supporting and advancing women in the alcohol beverage industry.

Harris said: “WSET is a champion for equal opportunity in the industry, emphasising the value of education for all professionals and enthusiasts, men and women.

“Forty-three percent of WSET diploma graduates are women and eight 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.”

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