Chivas Brothers boosts employee opportunities with new bursary

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(left to right): Anthony Schofield, Public Affairs Director, Chivas Brothers; Ginnie Atkinson, Chair SIET; Sandrine Ricard, CSR Deputy Director Pernod Ricard; Dr Michael Ewart, Director SIET; Laurent Lacassagne, Chairman and CEO Chivas Brothers.

Pernod Ricard owned Scotch whisky firm Chivas Brothers has launched a new bursary scheme which gives its employees the opportunity to take their talents to the next level via further education or vocational training.

The company has joined forces with the Scottish International Education Trust (SIET) – which aims to provide talented men and women with grants to complete further study and help them be the best they can be – to create the Chivas Brothers Bursary.

The dedicated Chivas Brothers Bursary will make it easier for employees and their families to apply for support from the SIET, with up to £5,000 a year on offer over three years.

Chivas Brothers previously donated £100,000 to SIET - set up in 1971 by Sir Sean Connery and Sir Jackie Stewart, who both remain Trustees.

The bursary is open to the 1,600 employees of Chivas Brothers spread throughout the country at 32 sites in Orkney, Speyside, Central Scotland, Ayrshire, London and Plymouth, as well as direct family members.

Anthony Schofield, Public Affairs Director at Chivas Brothers said: “The Chivas Brothers Bursary is an exciting initiative which we hope will help employees, or a member of their family pursue education and open up future opportunities.

“We’re part of so many communities through our employees and this is just one way we can show how dedicated we are to helping them and the communities in which they live.”

Michael Ewart, Director of SIET, said: “Chivas Brothers’ gift to SIET enables us to make many more awards to talented young Scots over the three years of our relationship. I am pleased that Chivas Brothers employees and their families also have an opportunity to benefit from the bursary scheme.”

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