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WSET students top 20,000 mark

Published:  23 July, 2008

The number of students studying for a Wine & Spirit Education Trust (WSET) exam has hit the 20,000 mark for the first time.

WSET chief executive Ian Harris said that student numbers were growing by 16% year on year, and that WSET courses are now taught in 39 countries.

He said: "WSET was established less than 40 years ago and is now the largest global provider of education in wines and spirits, with its five levels of qualifications being recognised as industry standards."

Next year, the WSET is to replace its traditional Awards of Excellence event with a graduation ceremony at London's Guildhall on 21 January, with more than 600 people expected.

Harris added: "We are delighted that all sectors of the industry are embracing the need for education and qualifications."