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 responds to Chancellor's cost of living announcement

    26 May 2022

    Responding to the announcement from the Government on the economy and the cost-of-living crisis Chief Executive of the British Beer & Pub Association Emma McClarkin said:  “It is right that the Government helps those who are struggling, however, this is an acutely painful time for business as well - we need the government to act now and take measures to immediately bring down costs and alleviate the pressures on our pubs and brewers. The fortunes of our sector hang in the balance. Just as we emerge from the pandemic, we have immediately been hit by rising energy prices, food and supply chain inflation due to the war in Ukraine and a cost-of-living crisis that is severely impacting our ability to do business.   “This is why we’re calling for an energy price cap for small businesses to ensure fair energy deals for businesses across hospitality and beyond, as well reducing the disproportionate tax burden on the sector from Business rates to VAT to allow pubs and brewers to get back on their feet instead of placing more barriers in the way of their recovery.”   

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  • WEBINAR: Creating resilient supply chains for breweries & pubs

    24 May 2022

    This webinar will be led by our keynote speaker, and renowned expert, Professor Richard Wilding OBE, Chair of Supply Chain Strategy at Cranfield School of Management, who will examine the context of the ongoing supply chain disruptions that have been experienced by businesses across the UK and how these impact on those supply chains linked to beer and pubs. Using the insights provided by guest speakers during the event, the purpose of this webinar will not only be to explore and identify those key supply chain pressures faced by British brewers and pub operators but also to consider potential mitigation measures, at sectoral level and by businesses, to help improve supply chain resilience and reduce risk. Date & time: Tuesday 14th June, 2pm - 4pm (Online on Microsoft Teams) To register to attend, email Steve at Registration closes on 13th June. This event is for BBPA members only, to find out more about membership see our membership page. Agenda & Timings: Welcome & Introductions, 14:00 - Paul Davies (CarlsbergMarstons Brewing Company) Setting the scene, 14:05 - Reviewing the context for the supply chain shock (Prof. Richard Wilding OBE, Canfield School of Management), followed by Q&A First Group Feedback Session, 14:45 - Understanding Supply Chain Risks Direct Impacts on Beer and Pub Logistics, 15:15 - DHL Trade Team T.B.C. Second Group Feedback Session, 15:30 - Developing Solutions Close - 16:00

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  • For more information or to register your interest, contact the BBPA by filling out this form.