On 12 May 2017, Nanyang Polytechnic (NYP), Employment and Employability Institute (e2i) and the Association of Bartenders & Sommeliers Singapore (ABSS) entered a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to develop deep competencies and help raise the professionalism of students and adult learners in the food and beverage (F&B) industry.

Leonardo Da Vinci once said, “Learning is the only thing the mind never exhausts, never fears and never regrets”.

“Food + Beverage = ?” The primary focus of this equation has usually been on food. For the longest time, most restaurant-goers gush about the food, rave about its taste and exquisite plating while the drink by the side paled in comparison. Thanks to globalisation, higher education and better standard of living, the earlier equation is now more balanced with greater appreciation and knowledge of beverage.

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NYP, e2i, School of Coffee, and ABSS come together

ABSS’s strength in the beverage arena and extensive network helped open doors for NYP learners. At ABSS’s referral, full-time NYP students got to participate in the annual National Cocktail Competition since 2017. This competition serves as a great platform for NYP students to pitch their skills. The excitement also piques the students’ aspiration to pursue a F&B career.

In the true spirit of MOU, ABSS’s Honorary Secretary David Chan invited Dilhan C Fernando of Dilmah Tea to jointly deliver the “Dilmah Pure Ceylon Tea Master Class” in NYP campus. It was an illuminating experience for our learners to have two connoisseurs coaching them about tea in the same physical space.

The other key scope of the MOU was the setting up of Liquid Room, a dedicated space to nurture future mixologists, tea/wine sommelier and baristas. With the support and advice from ABSS, Dilmah Tea and School of Coffee, another valued partner introduced to us by e2i, the beverage training was officially opened during the F&B-themed event L’Fiesta 2018 on 8 June 2018.

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Dedicated space to nurture future mixologists, tea/wine sommelier and baristas

The event which included beverage masterclasses and a beverage challenge attracted over 200 people made up of industry, educators and learners. School of Coffee’s masterclass delivered by CEO Mr Tony Tang, the guru himself on “Creating Your Own Coffee Blend” earned rave reviews and left learners asking for more even after a 45-minute time extension.

As an institute of higher learning, we concur with e2i CEO Mr Gilbert Tan’s comment that training is an important enabler for learners to remain agile, businesses to sustain and grow. Beyond beverage skills training, keen F&B learners can look to NYP for mind-enriching opportunities in the areas of beverage innovations, Revenue Management, Analytics and F&B Entrepreneurship, just to name a few.

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Mr Gilbert Tan, CEO of e2i, with Loh Chuu Yi, Director, Academy of Lifelong Learning & Skills from Nanyang Polytechnic

As the opening quote suggests, learning is a continuous and rewarding process for all stakeholders. NYP remains committed to our mission of Empowering Learners for Work & Life, Co-Creating with Industry for Growth & Sustainability.

This post was created in partnership with e2i (Employment and Employability Institute).

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