Paul’s passion for hospitality and the drinks industry, his ambitious, hardworking nature and desire to help people who would not normally be given the opportunity are clear to see. This was evident throughout the Learning for Life course when his enthusiasm helped other graduates and also shows in his ambition to employ and train a team of people who have had less chance in life than others.
He is currently setting up his own mobile/pop up bar company and has been extremely grateful for the business advice and information he has received through meetings with Diageo business contacts. Paul has also been working in a busy Italian restaurant in Glasgow where he has further expanded his knowledge of wine, cocktails and coffee.
In October he completed the Diageo Alumni Ambassador training course, which will allow him to meet with and inspire other young people who are interested in progressing in the industry, as well as actively promoting the work of Diageo Learning for Life. Paul has been involved in working at many VIP events organised by Diageo including various recent awards ceremonies, Michelle Obama event in Edinburgh and the recent session in Brussels. This event at Scotland House was an inspiration for Paul who was very impressed by the lectures which further fuelled his ambition to help others develop within the industry. The feedback he receives from these events is always excellent.
Paul is from Romania and after studying Psychology at University there, he travelled to Ibiza and worked with various bars, private boat parties, music and social events – managing many events, the DJs, PR functions etc. His determination and work ethic allowed him to take on many exciting opportunities.
Paul moved to Glasgow with his girlfriend in 2017 and had a temporary job in a busy city centre bar and restaurant. When this came to an end and he found himself out of work, he applied and was accepted onto the Diageo Learning for Life Bartending and Hospitality Course (October 2017). Paul was a fantastic student on the course and did well in every aspect of training – with a real interest in cocktails, spirits and wine. Paul always works hard to develop himself and excel in every area. Paul really is a future star, a professional with ambition and real passion for our industry, making a difference to others and we can see great things ahead for him. He is truly deserving of this nomination and is a true ambassador for Diageo Learning for Life and Springboard.
Paul’s gratitude and thanks for everyone in Diageo Learning for Life and Springboard are made clear by Paul – often saying that the course has been one of the very best things that has happened in his life, that he could never have previously imagined that he would be given such opportunities and that the fact that the Learning for Life team genuinely care about people is truly appreciated.