The Drinks Trust’s Develop programme has announced its first-ever bartending certificate in Greater Manchester provided by Mixology School.

Launching in September in partnership with the UKBG, the Drinks Trust’s Global Bartending Certificate aims to give professionals in a region at the heart of a thriving hospitality scene the opportunity to achieve a formal qualification.

“The rationale behind the choice of the city is that currently, despite the growing need for skilled bartenders, there’s no access to formal bartending qualifications in the North-West,” said Ross Carter, chief executive of The Drinks Trust.

“With Develop, we aim to reach everyone in the country interested in entering our great industry or looking to formalise their experience with an internationally recognised qualification and this has informed our strategy of bringing opportunity to key regions.”

The course will include mixology demonstrations, lessons on cocktail design, the opportunity for students to make their cocktails, engaging appearances from industry experts and a WSET L1 Spirits qualification integrated into the week.

“We feel honoured to be part of this programme and to have the opportunity to bring our courses to Manchester for the first time,” said Zoe Cunliffe, director of Mixology School.

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“We look to help our students begin their journey into the hospitality industry and to help venues fill more roles with skilled staff in place.”

The Drinks Trust’s Develop programme aims to train and educate 550 people in its first year of operation.

Two rounds of the Global Bartending Certificate will be held at The Dirty Old Town Distillery in Salford. The first course will be held on the week commencing with Monday 26 September, and a second course will be held on the week commencing with Monday 3 October.

To apply to take part in a course, click here.