Norwalk, Conn. — Aug. 7
Diageo, a spirits, wine and beer firm, has announced the graduation of its inaugural class of Learning Skills for Life (LSFL). The program, designed to train unemployed and underemployed throughout south Florida, provides both life and business skills needed to find employment in the hospitality industry with a focus on retail, enterprise, bartending and teaching.
The graduating class consists of 50 students from a variety of backgrounds, including single mothers and veterans. The graduation took place Aug. 7 at Florida International University’s Biscayne Bay Campus.
Together with academic partner FIU’s Chaplin School of Hospitality and Tourism Management, Diageo developed the six-week program in which students from a variety of community and employment workforce agencies can receive up to six specialized certifications from the American Hotel & Lodging Educational Institute and the Florida Restaurant & Lodging Association.
Additionally, participants receive training in life skills, including resume and cover letter writing, interviewing, managing personal finances and computer skills.
LSFL is based on similar programs funded by Diageo throughout Latin America and the Caribbean, and is the first such initiative in the United States.