The CAP Cooperage students of 2010 have received their diplomas from the Mayor of Cognac, Michel Gourinchas and the President of the Chamber de Metiers et de L’Artisanat de la Charente (Chamber of Tradesmen and Craft), Alain Testaud.

Cooper at work

These young Coopers have now taken their first step towards a unique and rewarding career in an industry which is very much in need of skilled workers.  Coopers produce the oak barrels in which cognac (and other alcohol) is aged and seasoned.

Mr Gourinchas is very optimistic and has said ‘The Cognac cooperage is doing very well and should make every effort to ensure that the training of young coopers and jobs stay in the area with their industry.’

Some representatives of the cooperage industry who are responsible for hiring newly qualified graduates also attended the presentation and are more than satisfied with the quality of their training.

Sources: www.charentelibre.fr, www.tonneliersdefrance.fr

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