SAB Miller offers responsible retailing training

SAB Miller is to hand out 10,000 scholarships to train workers in off-licences and pubs about responsible retailing.

The brewer is to complete the Ofqual-accredited training by 2016, as part of a pledge under the government’s Responsibility Deal on alcohol.

The SAB Miller Scholars Programme is targeted at small to medium-sized off-licences and pubs and aims to make sure workers fully understand the 2003 Licensing Act.

UK government affairs manager Christine Thompson said: “This course helps small businesses unlock the impact their staff can have on preventing under-age drinking and antisocial behaviour in their area. They do an important job and we want to make sure they have the confidence to do it properly.” 

The courses will be run by the British Institute of Inn-keeping.

Deputy director Denise Thomson said: “The current economic climate can make it difficult for small businesses to invest in training, but the scholars programme gives them the opportunity to develop their staff and in turn become better businesses. There’s benefit for the individuals too as they become more employable within the sector even if they leave the business which trained them.” 

SAB Miller has been running the programme since 2009 but has decided to extend it for three years, meaning an extra 6,000 people will be trained by 2016, as part of the Responsibility Deal.

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