A trust founded by tobacco giant Gallaher’s when it exited Northern Ireland four years ago has helping fund students on a course in cocktails.
Seven people are learning about bartending, the art of mixology and sales techniques on a level two course in professional bartending at the NI Hospitality School in Co Antrim.
The Gallaher Trust will make a £260,000 investment over three years to the hospitality school.
The seven students will be guaranteed employment at one of three major hotels in the area, Tullyglass House Hotel, the Adair Arms Hotel or Galgorm Spa & Golf Resort.
The course is delivered in partnership with Northern Regional College (NRC), and backed by City & Guilds.
The trust was established to support Ballymena through job creation, skills development and by supporting people from disadvantaged backgrounds. Gallaher’s manufactured cigarettes in Ballymena for up to 75 years until its 2017 departure.