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Macallan reveals apprenticeship recipients

The Macallan has unveiled the four recipient businesses that have been selected for its £260,000 (US$312,041) Artisan Apprenticeship Fund.

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Glass manufacturer Glasstorm was one of the recipients of the fund

The initiative aims to champion and celebrate artisans, and the role they play in local and global economies.

The fund is delivered through The Macallan Artisan Collective, which was established in 2021. Four firms will receive a portion of the fund to enable the recruitment and training of new apprentices.

These businesses include garment manufacturer Alexander Manufacturing, premium glass producer Glasstorm, sculptor Powderhall Bronze, and London-based Shepherds Bookbinders.

Elizabeth McMillan, head of insight and sustainability at The Macallan, said: “At The Macallan, we thrive as a local brand with a global presence because of the remarkable communities and networks with whom we enjoy strong interdependent relationships built on shared value creation.

“The Macallan holds a deep affinity with all luxury artisans and master makers. Dedication to creativity, craftsmanship, innovation and collaboration are a key part of our brand DNA, and through The Macallan Artisan Collective and Artisan Apprenticeship Fund, we aim to establish a legacy of positive action by fostering meaningful progress for our key communities through partnerships, collaborations, and fundraising.”

McMillan continued: “Preserving and safeguarding legacy crafts, trades, skills, and values is an essential part of this, to help support employment for generations to come. We’re proud to play a part in training and guiding the next generation of artisans throughout Scotland and beyond.”

Proceeds were raised through the auction of The Reach 81 Years Old single malt, the oldest whisky released in the brand’s history. The bottling fetched £300,000 (US$332,266).

The brand extended its Red Collection with the release of a 77-year-old bottling, priced at US$87,000, last year.

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