Apprenticeship hub

There are a wide range of opportunities for those interested in starting a career in the beer and pub sector, with apprenticeships from brewing and hospitality, to catering and even engineering, all available for those who may not necessarily want to go to university but want to kick start their career in an exciting employment route. If you already work in our sector, then an apprenticeship offers you a great opportunity to improve your skills and progress in your job.

Almost 900,000 people are employed in the beer and pub sector, with just almost half of those being aged 25 and under. Apprenticeships play a crucial role for employers to recruit and retain great employees. There are currently 14 different apprenticeships standards in the hospitality and catering sector, at a range of levels. There is also an exciting, newly established, brewing apprenticeship.

Read below for further information on all of the apprenticeships, and to find out more information you can find a number of links in the sidebar.

Hospitality Apprenticeships

Apprenticeships are an excellent way of progressing in the hospitality sector. The variety of roles available can help you to find your perfect job and develop the skills necessary to work in the industry. Working in hospitality gives you an opportunity to work in a diverse workforce with plenty of opportunity for progression, in an exciting job where no two days are the same. Starting as an apprentice gives you the opportunity to combine employment and training, giving you the chance to earn money whilst you learn key skills necessary for your future career. Apprenticeships are available at a number of levels in the sector. Depending on experience, you will have the opportunity to gain core hospitality knowledge, skills and behaviour. On top of learning the core principles, as an apprentice you will be able to learn specialist functions, from understanding the complex requirements of serving beer and cask ale, to learning skills in mixology or wine service.

Catering Apprenticeships

There are a number of catering apprenticeships available which can help you progress in your career as a chef, opening up a range of opportunities such as becoming a pub chef. From a level 2 'Commis Chef' apprenticeship, to Level 3 'Chef de Partie', chef's just starting their career, or those wanting to progress further, can find a great opportunity to learn basic and advanced cooking skills, as well as how to work in a team in a time-bounding and challenging environment. There are 4 catering apprenticeships available in total, all approved by the Institute of Apprenticeships. Links to these apprenticeships can be found in the sidebar.

Brewer Apprenticeship

Working as an apprentice in a brewery will help you to develop the niche skills required to produce beer at all stages of production. Working as a brewer requires a variety of skills in a diverse and unique role. Brewer apprentices will learn not only how to brew beer, but how to understand regulatory requirements, design and development of new brands or the design and operation of equipment. The brewer trailblazer is approved by the Institute for Apprenticeships and delivered at Level 4.

Brewer Apprenticeship - Next steps

In the sidebar you will find a number of links where you can find out more on how to become a brewer apprentice. For more information on the Trailblazer, access requirements or to register interest in delivering the Trailblazer please contact Steve Livens at the BBPA. If you would like to register your interest as a learner and are not currently employed within the industry please fill out the contact form found on this page with some information about yourself. We will then get in contact with you.

  • Non-alcoholic beers to help see you through Dry January, as BBPA predicts 4.8 million pints of low and no alcohol beer will be sold across the month

    17 January 2020

    ‘Dry January’ has traditionally been viewed as a quieter month for the beer and pub industry, with consumers abstaining from alcohol and reducing their visits to the pub. However, driven by health-conscious consumers, demand for a greater range and quality of low alcohol and no-alcohol beers in the UK is greater than ever before. In fact, as a category, ‘low and no alcohol beer’ has grown by 232% in just five years (2013 to 2018).[1] During Dry January alone, the BBPA predicts that 4.8 million pints of low and no alcohol beer will be sold.[2] Whether on draught or off the shelf, for the 4.2 million people participating in Dry January who still crave a refreshing beer, the BBPA has highlighted a small example of the rapidly growing range and variety of non-alcoholic lagers and ales to satisfy all tastes.[3] [1] BBPA sales data [2] Prediction based on BBPA sales data [3] YouGov Poll, for more info see:   Some alcohol-free lagers and ales to see you through Dry January[1]: Heineken 0.0, Alcohol Free Heineken 0.0 is made from natural ingredients, brewed twice and fermented with Heineken's unique yeast strain before the alcohol is gently removed. The finished beer is balanced, clean and refreshing with a fruity flavour and soft, malty notes. Peroni Libera, Alcohol Free Peroni Libera 0.0% delivers a crisp and refreshing taste, with a delicate fruity aroma. First brewed with exclusive Nostrano dell'Isola maize, with a dedicated yeast strain then added without producing alcohol. This gives Peroni Libera 0.0% its signature hoppy characteristics and smooth finish. Budweiser Prohibition Brew, Alcohol Free Brewed in the same way as regular Budweiser, Prohibition Brew is a medium-bodied, flavourful, crisp American-style alcohol-free lager with a golden colour, a subtle honey aroma and a trace of citrus, punctuated by notes of malt and noble hops. A perfectly balanced, full-flavoured lager with a crisp, clean, fast finish. St. Peters Without Elderberry & Raspberry, Alcohol Free An alcohol free beer with the sweet, tangy, and pleasant fruitiness of elderberries, and the lingering taste of raspberries. A full-bodied and well-balanced beer with a smooth, subtly sharp bitterness. Harviestoun Brewery Wheesht, Alcohol Free A dark ruby ale complimented with aromas of chocolate, biscuit and dried fruit. These characters carry to the palate with roasted, chocolate and sweet malt all shining through. A velvety smooth mouthfeel with a soft lingering bitterness. Innis & Gunn’s Innis & None, Alcohol Free Produced by Scottish Brewery Innis & Gunn, Innis & None is brewed, but not fermented! This process results in a bold, zesty and thirst-quenching pale ale with all the hops and flavour you want from a craft beer, just without the alcohol! Commenting on the growing range of non-alcoholic beer, Emma McClarkin, Chief Executive of the British Beer & Pub Association, commented: “Those taking part in Dry January or reducing their drinking have plenty of alternatives from brewers and pubs to see them through the month. “The range and quality of non-alcoholic beers in the UK has never been better. Some are even available on tap in pubs, making them the perfect option for those doing Dry January who are thirsty for a pint. “It’s also important to remember that pubs are more than just places to drink. They now serve upwards of one billion meals a year, so anyone participating in Dry January can still enjoy a visit to their local for food and a non-alcoholic beer.” More non-alcoholic beers to try in Dry January: Cobra Zero, Alcohol Free Cobra Zero is an alcohol-free beer with the same smooth, rounded taste characteristics you'd expect from standard Cobra. Malty notes and cereal grains give it a yeasty, lasting flavour, combined with a prevalent hop presence. Carlsberg Nordic, Alcohol Free Nordic Golden Brew is an alcohol-free clear pilsner beer. The beer has a beautiful crystal clear and golden colour with a bubby foam. The taste is very well balanced and offers a nice body and easily quenches thirst, just like an ordinary pilsner. Beck’s Blue, Alcohol Free Beck's Blue is a light, crisp and refreshing non-alcoholic alternative to beer, with no compromise on taste. Golden in colour, it is a classic German-style pilsner lager with over 140 years of heritage.   Low-alcohol lagers and ales for those looking to reduce their drinking: Adnam’s Ghost Ship, 0.5% Adnam’s Ghost Ship is brewed with pale ale, rye crystal and cara malts, using citra and a blend of other American hop varieties, to create hauntingly bold citrus flavours. The beer has a lemon and lime aroma that perfectly complements the aromatic tastes of spicy Thai and Indian foods. Low Alcohol Old Speckled Hen, 0.5% Crafted by the master brewer of ‘Old Speckled Hen’, this refreshing low alcohol beer is brewed with fine ingredients to deliver taste and aroma evocative of the nation’s favourite premium ale but at 0.5% ABV. Brooklyn Special Effects, 0.4% Special Effects gets its bready sweetness from a blend of pale caramel, and dark roasted Munich malts, and its surprising nose from dry-hopping with Mosaic, Citra and Amarillo hops - a technique rarely used in alcohol free brewing. It tastes just like a regular beer, but therein lies the special effect: it's not. Lucky Saint 0.5% Unfiltered Lager Lucky Saint is born of Bavarian spring water, pilsner malt, Hallertau hops and a single-use yeast. Featuring ‘biscuity’ malts, it has a smooth, citrus hop finish. Nirvana Hoppy Pale Ale, 0.5% A go-to beer for everyday drinking, this pale ale uses chinook and cascade hops to deliver refreshing, light citrus and floral aromas and a dry, bitter finish.    

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  • BBPA responds to the Queen’s Speech

    19 December 2019

    The British Beer and Pub Association (BBPA) has today responded to the Queen’s Speech in Parliament. Commenting on the Queen’s Speech, BBPA Chief Executive, Emma McClarkin said:   “Pubs are the heart of our communities, so the commitment in the Queen’s Speech to a change in the business rates system is welcome. Three pubs a day close their doors for good due to the tax pressures they face. It is right that the Government is addressing the issue of business rates since pubs pay 2.8% of the total rates bill despite accounting for just 0.5% of turnover. Reducing rates for pubs is an important step in the right direction. Such reliefs are vital until the fundamentally unfair system is completely overhauled.   “However, with 7 out of 10 drinks sold in a pub being beer, it remains the case that a freeze or cut in beer tax at the next budget is the most direct way of helping pubs stay viable, so we hope that the commitment to a review of alcohol duties encompasses this. It would also show that the Prime Minister is listening to the 230,000 supporters of the Long Live the Local campaign, which calls on the Government to cut beer tax to support local pubs and the communities they serve. It is imperative the new government recognises the strength of feeling on the matter.   “We await the detail on the proposed points-based immigration system but pubs are facing a serious skills shortage and clearly need access to talent from abroad. It is vital then that any post-Brexit, points-based immigration system recognises this, which is why BBPA will continue to be the leading advocate of the need for such access to talent for our sector.”

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