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Double Dutch to launch mentoring scheme for women

Tonic water and mixer producer Double Dutch is set to launch a scholarship and mentoring programme for female bartenders to support women looking to build a career in the industry.

Double Dutch is launching a mentoring programme for aspiring female bartenders in the UK

As part of the programme, Double Dutch will team up with numerous bartenders to offer hands-on training and share their industry knowledge with the successful female applicants.

The twin female founders of Double Dutch, Joyce and Raissa de Haas, will offer their time and expertise through one-to-one mentoring sessions.

The initiative will officially be unveiled at an all-female panel discussion and brunch on 2 March in partnership with Percy & Founders in Fitzrovia, London. Based on the theme ‘Breaking barriers: How to thrive as a woman in hospitality’ , the event will welcome women from across various parts of the food and beverage industry.

Speakers will include: Hannah Sharman-Cox and Siobhan Payne of Drink Up London; Agnieszka Josko, F&B Operations Manager at Flemings Mayfair; Jacqui McMillan, general manager of Novotel Canary Wharf and Bokan; Anna Sebastian, bar manager of Artesian; and Camille Vidal, founder of La Maison Wellness.

Raissa de Haas, co-founder of Double Dutch, said: “We have seen so much talent and creativity from women when it comes to mixology.

“Unfortunately, women are still very under-represented in the drinks and bar trade, and there are very few female role models and mentors.

“We are committed to supporting other women in the industry, and we hope through the establishment of this scholarship and mentoring programme we can help support and inspire the next generation of female talent.”

Those interested in applying for the scholarship and mentoring programme can do so online at Applications will be accepted from 8 March until the end of April.

The scheme is open to UK women aged over 21 who are looking to enter or already working in the bartending industry.

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