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 meets with HM Treasury ahead of Budget

    18 October 2021

    Trade association makes case for cutting Beer Duty, Business Rates and VAT so sector can lead levelling up agenda The British Beer & Pub Association (BBPA) has today met with HM Treasury officials to make representations for the brewing and pub sector ahead of the Budget on October 27th. In its meeting with HM Treasury, the BBPA highlighted the vital role pubs and brewing play in supporting over 900,000 jobs in communities across the UK and contributing £26 billion to the UK economy across towns, villages and cities. It made the case that if the Government is serious about Building Back Better and Levelling up, it must invest in pubs and brewers who have a leading role to play in the recovery as they come through the pandemic and continue their world-leading status. To achieve this, the BBPA underlined in the meeting the importance of co-investment from Government in the sector in the form of a fairer tax burden and more level playing field with other European nations post-Brexit. It made the case for its three key Budget asks: cutting beer duty overall, extending business rates relief and permanently lowering VAT for all food and drink sold in pubs. In concluding the meeting, it emphasised with HM Treasury officials that investment from the Government will enable the beer and pub sector to drive a jobs-rich recovery, whilst ensuring a pint in a pub remains an affordable pleasure.   Emma McClarkin, Chief Executive of the British Beer & Pub Association, said: “As we count down the days to the Budget, it was very productive holding a meeting with HM Treasury to further make the case for investment in our sector in the form of fairer taxation. “Investing in our brewers and pubs is investing in our communities and society to build back better. In return we will create jobs, boost the local economy and help our communities reconnect and unite again. “If the Government is serious about levelling up, it must get serious about reducing the tax burdens on our sector.”

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  • BBPA Dinner: Ralph Findlay and Paul Scully MP win awards, as event raises over £7,000 for charity

    15 October 2021

    BBPA reveals winners of dinner awards and money fundraised for charity Ralph Findlay, former CEO of Marston’s PLC – and Paul Scully MP, Secretary of State for Small Business – have been revealed as winners of awards at the BBPA’s Annual Dinner 2021. The dinner took place at the Leonardo Royal Hotel Tower Bridge in London on Wednesday 13th. Over 300 guests from across the beer and pub sector, media and politics attended the event – the first event for the sector to come together once more following the pandemic. Ralph Findlay won the BBPA’s Chairman’s Award in recognition of his service to the beer and pub sector after 20 years in charge of Marston’s PLC, which he stepped down from earlier this month. Paul Scully won the Beer and Pub Champion Award in recognition of his support and advocacy for helping the brewing and pub sector during the height of the pandemic as Secretary of State for Small Business. At the event, over £7,000 was raised for the Pedalling for Pubs, a charity bike ride that will see members of the sector ride 300km across Jordan in aid of pubs, breweries and the wider hospitality industry in the UK. The money raised will be channelled into projects that support those in need via The Licensed Trade Charity and Only a Pavement Away. To find out more about the charity bike ride and to donate, visit   Emma McClarkin, Chief Executive of the British Beer & Pub Association, said: “After 20 years at the helm of Marston’s, it is fantastic to see Ralph Findlay win the Chairman’s Award. As both a long standing board member of the BBPA and champion for our sector the award is thoroughly deserved! “As a true supporter of our sector, it is great to thank Paul Scully MP with our Beer and Pub Champion Award. His support during the lockdowns through to now as our sector begins its recovery has been critical. “This Annual Dinner was particularly special given it followed the lockdowns. It was wonderful to see everyone properly again. More importantly, we managed to raise over £7,000 for our charity partners the Licensed Trade Charity and Only a Pavement Away!”

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