Over two years in the making, the UK’s first brewer apprenticeship is being offered to the sector by hospitality apprenticeship provider HIT Training.
To support the diverse role of a brewer in small and large breweries, the Level 4 apprenticeship has been facilitated by the British Beer and Pub Association (BBPA).
The 18-month programme will comprise of six two-day residential workshops run by The University of Nottingham’s International Centre for Brewing Science, where they will learn about different brewing techniques and styles, as well as the chemistry behind the brewing process. The Institute of Brewing & Distilling (IBD) has also created online learning materials to complement the workshops, while HIT’s trainers will conduct individual visits.
HIT Training is one of the inaugural training providers in the sector to offer the apprenticeship and has been instrumental in designing the programme content and delivery model. The aim of the apprenticeship is to improve employees’ skills and increase their efficiency and productivity.
The apprentices will undergo in-work experience covering a range of activities, including an understanding of ingredient provenance, the importance of stock control, safe operation of brewing equipment, design of beer recipes and brewery promotion.
Jill Whittaker, managing director of HIT Training, said: “We’re extremely proud to have been part of the trailblazer group which has developed the brewer apprenticeship and to be among the first to deliver it to the sector. The UK brewing and pub industries are significant contributors to the national economy with over 2,000 breweries currently in operation.
“It’s brilliant news to see the sector taking control of its future and making sure it has the best workforce for the exciting time ahead via offering high-quality training opportunities such as this apprenticeship.”
Brigid Simmonds, chief executive of the BBPA, added: “Britain’s beer and pub industry is the envy of the world, but to secure future growth we need to nurture our own talent, which is why apprenticeships are so important. The newly launched Brewing Apprenticeship will open the door for the brewers of the future, ensuring that Britain continues to lead the way in brewing great beer.”