Diageo apprentices Angela Cochrane, Kirsty Olychick and Rebecca Weir challenge gender stereotypes in the Scotch Whisky industry


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Women apprentices at Diageo crack gender stereotypes

Women apprentices at Diageo crack gender stereotypes

A successful career at Diageo is just around the corner, apply to one of our Apprenticeships today.

Women considering an apprenticeship, look no further - Diageo has plenty of brilliant career opportunities to work across the business as an apprentice.

Your route to a future to be proud of

Diageo loves their premium drinks brands – and the expertise, skills and quality that go into making, bottling and distributing them all over the world. That’s why their apprentice programmes are so important – and such a great opportunity.

Join one of them and you’ll be trained to create something truly special. 

If there’s one thing that marks out our programmes, it’s variety. One size doesn’t fit all here. Diageo has five opportunities:

And the variety doesn’t end there. Depending on which programme most suits you, you’ll learn for two, three or four years. You’ll enjoy an exciting blended learning approach of in the classroom, in the workshop and on-site putting everything into real-world-practice.

Learn every day, every way

Recognised national qualifications matter to Diageo and learning goes way beyond the classroom. They have teams at our various sites who have experience and expertise you won’t find anywhere else. And what’s more, they’ll like nothing more than sharing it with you.

You're never on your own

Support is everything at Diageo. It’s not a sink-or-swim environment there. In fact, quite the opposite. Talk to their current apprentices and they’ll tell you it’s more like a family. If you don’t know something, just ask.

Love the buzz

The pace of things is great too. You’ll learn quickly, enjoy the buzz of progress being made every day and you’ll be very proud to see the end result of your efforts when their premium drinks are shipped off to be enjoyed all around the world. It’s a very powerful thing to be able to say: ‘I did that’.

As a global company, Diageo is always looking for great talent. Their opportunities are endless and they believe that the journey starts with our apprentices. They're looking for apprentices with real character. This is your chance to create a truly exciting future. Wherever you join them, you’ll need what Diageo calls character - curiosity, energy, resilience and a willingness to grow. 


Diageo coopering apprentices

Angela Cochrane and Kirsty Olychick are coopering apprentices at Diageo's Cambus Cooperage in Clackmannanshire. Angela and Kirsty are part of team of 16 coopering apprentices who are learning the skills of a cooper over the course of a four-year apprenticeship.

“I researched a bit about the trade online and thought it sounded like a really interesting career option, so I knew I had to go for it. It’s a lot more complex than I thought it would be and I’m knackered when I get in at night but everything from handling the barrels to swinging the hammer is already starting to feel a lot more natural," says Angela. “I’ve never been put off by gender stereotypes. I don’t think that should stop anyone from doing what they want to do. And knowing you’re contributing to the growing whisky industry is an amazing feeling,"

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“I’ve always been inspired by the Scotch industry, so it is something I’ve always wanted to be involved in but living in Canada I hadn’t ever been exposed to the coopering craft. Having family members who’d previously completed trade apprenticeships helped give me the confidence to go for it. My dad always told me that if I had an opportunity to get into a trade I should jump on it," adds Kirsty.

“I like the fact that you learn the skill by hand – you get the satisfaction of seeing the job done rather than reading about it in a book."

“Coming into a male-dominated workplace didn’t put me off at all, in fact I found it really empowering to be one of the first women to take up the craft and make my mark in history. It’s such an exciting prospect to think that I’ll be contributing to the next generation of Scotch. You shouldn’t let anything hold you back.”

Apprentices at Diageo have strength, skill, and patience and are passionate about their craft. The skills learned during a Diageo apprenticeship with lay the foundations for a career that will last a lifetime.

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Rebecca Weir, Diageo's first female coppersmith apprentice

Meet Diageo’s first female coppersmith apprentice, Rebecca Weir. Rebecca talks about her apprenticeship at Diageo and why she decided to take up the coppersmith’s hammer and torch.

Working in one of Scotland’s oldest copperworks to produce whisky stills for around 27 of Diageo’s distilleries, Rebecca is learning the ropes from Alec Begg, Senior Charge Hand Coppersmith. Alec and his team will teach her how to hand-beat copper sheets and weld them into whisky stills.

Watch to find out what Rebecca’s role involves and why she enjoys being a female coppersmith.

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Diageo is always looking to engage and support young talent coming through. 

If you want a hands-on and immersive experience at a leading beverages company, search for Diageo's  many inspiring career opportunities.

 

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