The Edinburgh Whisky Academy has launched a six-month Covid recovery package for the UK and Irish hospitality industries.

The Scottish whisky educator is offering a 50% discount on its Online Certificate in Scotch Whisky and in Irish Whiskey to hospitality workers, and a 25% discount on the EWA’s Online Diploma in Single Malt Whisky.

“We’re hoping that the significant savings in our Covid recovery package will help to support an industry that has been one of the worst-affected sectors of the economy during the pandemic,” said Kirsty McKerrow, managing director of the Edinburgh Whisky Academy.

“Customer expectations for excellent service remain and establishments are increasingly recognising the business benefits of having staff who understand whisky.

“We hope that this special package will help to increase access to a level of knowledge that can delight customers and increase sales for businesses as they strive to recover, as well as providing a way for workers to enhance their career paths within the hospitality industry.”

The EWA is the only whisky education centre that is approved by the Scottish Qualifications Authority, and both the Online Certificate in Scotch Whisky and the Online Diploma in Single Malt Whisky are SQA-certified.

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The Covid recovery package discounts are available from 1 July until 31 December to any UK or Ireland resident currently working in the hospitality sector.

The discounted price for the online Certificate in Scotch Whisky and online Certificate in Irish Whiskey is £49.50, and the Online Diploma in Single Malt Whisky is available for £690.

To participate, employers or venue managers should email with details of the venue name and address, the course they wish to sign up for and the number of candidates wishing to take part.