I am trying to raise much needed funds so I can re-skill and hopefully, secure a job after a tough period health-wise. I have, over the past couple of years, been battling mental health issues namely depression. This, combined with physical health concerns, took their toll and me out of the job market. As a result, getting a door to re-open has proved very difficult. My time unemployed has however, allowed me time to develop a passion for the science of distilling and the creation of Whiskey. I have developed this passion into attending trade shows, developing my knowledge of flavour profiles, and discovering how these can be paired with food. It's also an area which is growing locally so I feel there may be a career opportunity either with a local distiller or multinational. If I can formalise this knowledge into qualifications it would make me more more employable. As such, I am creating this GoFundMe page so I can raise the much needed funds to pay for the two qualifications needed to secure a role in the industry. I also need funds to help cover the transport costs of getting to and from course classes, job interviews, networking events and professional institute memberships. The two courses I hope to do are as follows are the Professional Certificate of Distilling with the Institute of Brewing and Distilling. The Course Cost is £500 and lasts approximately 80 hours. The second course I wish to study is the WSET Level 2 Award in Spirits which Costs £440. The remaining funds are to cover institute membership, travel costs to sit exams, networking and job interviews. Any support would be deeply appreciated as I strive to get my life back on track and secure a job, career and future.
- Conor Sloan
- Echlinville Distillery
- Brendan Carty
- Barry Doran
Newry, Northern Ireland, United Kingdom