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WSET partners with Corby Spirit and Wine to offer 1,500 Level 1 Award in Spirits courses to Canadian bartenders

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Corby Spirit and Wine (Corby), the leading Canadian marketer and distributor of spirits and wines, has announced a partnership with the Wine & Spirit Education Trust (WSET) to support to bartenders hit by the disruption caused by the current COVID-19 crisis. Corby and WSET will offer 1,500 free Level 1 Award in Spirits courses online to Canadian bartenders, giving them the opportunity to increase their industry knowledge and skills while they are unable to work.

Bartenders and hospitality professionals over the age of 18 will be eligible to sign-up for the courses which will be run online by WSET. The Level 1 Award in Spirits course will be offered on four start dates - May 4th, 11th, 18th and 25th – with those participating selecting the date that works best for them. Each course will run for a four-week period. Corby’s Brand Engagement and Advocacy Team (BEAT) will provide additional support during this time, running tasting sessions and webinars about Corby’s brands as a supplement to the WSET course material.

Dave Rudman, Executive Director – WSET Americas, comments, “We are committed to supporting the hospitality industry during this very challenging time. Our partnership with Corby Spirit and Wine will help inspire and empower hospitality professionals through education and a qualification that will help them in their careers once they are able to return to work.

Patrick O’Driscoll, President & CEO Corby Spirit and Wine Limited, added “As we experience this incredibly challenging time in the Canadian hospitality industry, Corby Spirit and Wine remains committed to supporting the hardworking community of bartenders, bar staff and front-line workers across the country. This is why we are delighted to partner with the WSET on this initiative and keep everyone engaged, connected and positive.

Each student accepted onto the course will be expected to attend a final exam when conditions allow. Successful students will receive a certificate and WSET lapel pin badge.

To sign-up, please visit to register for a space on one of the four WSET courses on offer. Places will be granted on a first-come-first-served basis with registration closing for each course ten days before the start date.