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.

  • BBPA launches new website to showcase brewery and pub sustainability initiatives

    11 January 2022

    Via a new web-based format, ‘Brewing Green’ showcases the latest work BBPA members are doing to reduce the environmental footprint of the sector The British Beer & Pub Association, the leading trade association representing brewers and pubs, has launched a new website to highlight the sustainability initiatives and innovations of the sector. BrewingGreen.org contains over 35 new case studies from brewers, pub operators and supply chain companies across the UK, explaining in detail and with illustrations the measures they are taking to combat climate change and contribute to the sector's pathway to net-zero. The website reinforces the sector’s commitments to reducing the it’s environmental impacts and features some of the latest initiatives by UK brewers and pub operators, including Asahi, Budweiser Brewing Group UK & I, Greene King, Heineken, Molson Coors, Wadworth, St Austell Brewery and Punch. Also included are initiatives from companies linked with the brewing and pub supply chain including raw materials and ingredients suppliers and distribution partners. The website also includes details on both the Hospitality and Brewing roadmaps to net zero. It will be updated on a regular basis to feature new initiatives and to follow the journey the sector makes as it strives to reach it’s ambitious net zero goals.   Emma McClarkin, Chief Executive of the British Beer & Pub Association, said: “I am delighted to launch our latest version of Brewing Green in its new web-based format. “By visiting www.BrewingGreen.org, stakeholders can follow our sectors journey as it strives to reach net zero. “Our sector has a proven history of environmental leadership and vision and which now extends to its ambitions to reach net zero ahead of the UK Government 2050 target. Having this website is a great platform for us to showcase the many exciting initiatives are members are doing in the sustainability space.”

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  • BBPA predicts 7.8 million pints of low and no alcohol beer will be sold this January

    05 January 2022

    But trade association warns most low and no beer won’t be bought or consumed in pubs The British Beer & Pub Association (BBPA), the leading trade association representing brewers and pubs, has today revealed it expects 7.8 million pints of low and no alcohol beer to be sold this month, as some consumers look to abstain from alcohol for ‘Dry January’. However, the vast majority of that low and no alcohol beer will be sold in shops and supermarkets, not pubs, the trade association has warned. It is therefore urging Brits to support their local this Dry January by enjoying a pint of non-alcoholic beer at the pub – including non-alcoholic beer on draught. ‘Dry January’ has always been a quieter month for pubs, with consumers reducing their visits to the pub as they abstain from alcohol. However, in light of recent COVID restrictions which decimated pubs’ trade over the critical Christmas and New Year period (the BBPA estimates that pubs sold 37 million fewer pints over Christmas – worth £300 million in trade) the BBPA says it is vital that Brits support their locals this January and beyond. It is therefore urging beer drinkers doing Dry January to support pubs still by enjoying the large range of  alcoholic lagers and ales pubs now offer – including on draught.   Emma McClarkin, Chief Executive of the British Beer & Pub Association, commented: “It has been a torrid Christmas for pubs, which now need the support of the communities they serve in the difficult months ahead. “The range and quality of non-alcoholic beers in the UK has never been better. Some are now available on tap in pubs, making them the perfect option for those doing Dry January who are thirsty for a pint. “If more of the 7.8 million pints of non-alcoholic beer we expect to be consumed this January are sold in pubs, it will be a big boost for our sector. “I urge beer drinkers and pub goers taking part in Dry January to still support their local. With such a great range of low and no alcohol beers in pubs – including on draught – it’s the perfect way to still savour a pint this Dry January!”

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