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.

  • ‘Super Saturday’: Pubs hope to serve 18 million pints on National Hospitality Day

    17 September 2021

    BBPA issues rallying call for pub goers to support their local this Saturday and help struggling hospitality businesses The British Beer & Pub Association (BBPA), the leading trade association representing brewers and pubs, has today revealed it hopes pubs will serve 18 million pints this Saturday on National Hospitality Day. National Hospitality Day has been organised by sector charities to support hospitality businesses who were brought to their knees by the pandemic and help them get back on their feet. It is asking the nation to ‘go out and help out’ the sector on Saturday 18th September by visiting restaurants, cafes and pubs who are still struggling to recover their businesses. Latest data from the BBPA tracking the recovery of the beer and pub sector reveals that beer sales in pubs are 10% down on 2019, before the pandemic took place. Because of this, it says pubs are selling around 2 million pints less and losing as much as £9 million in much needed revenue on Saturdays alone. This it says, is lost potential revenue that is crucial to the sustainability and recovery of the sector following 16 months of forced closure and trade limiting restrictions. The trade association is therefore urging pub goers to go out to their local on National Hospitality Day this Saturday and show their support for their community pub. If enough people go out and support the sector on Saturday, the BBPA hopes trade for the day will match – or maybe even exceed –a typical Saturday’s trade before the pandemic, whilst also raising awareness of the support the sector still needs in its recovery. Ahead of National Hospitality Day, the BBPA has been making clear the support the beer and pub sector needs to recover and play a leading role in the Government’s plans to build back better post-pandemic. It is backing the Long Live The Local campaign, which is calling for Government investment in pubs as part of the recovery to build back better, by reforming Business Rates, VAT and a cut in Beer Duty. So far, over 60,000 people have signed the petition calling on the Government to support pubs and breweries and 50,000 have written to their MP directly to ask them to support pubs in their constituencies. Ahead of the Budget now announced for October 27th, it is urging Chancellor Rishi Sunak to do the right thing and implement these measures to support the sectors recovery.   Emma McClarkin, Chief Executive of the British Beer & Pub Association, said: “Calling all pub goers across the UK, go out and help out your local this Saturday for National Hospitality Day! “This Saturday is all about showing support to our beloved pubs and hospitality businesses and helping them get back on their feet. “If people go out and support their local this Saturday, we hope 18 million pints – maybe even more – will be sold. A big boost to our sector. “If you have a local you love and cherish, I urge you to give them a visit this weekend – and beyond – to show your support. “I hope the Chancellor will be watching this Saturday and see the love we have as a nation for our pubs. They have a vital role to play in building back better and driving growth in communities across the UK. But if they are to do this he must invest in them at the Budget by reducing the unfair tax burden they face.”

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  • Repeal of COVID powers should signal end of disruption to beer and pub sector

    14 September 2021

    BBPA responds to Winter Plan for COVID The British Beer & Pub Association, the leading trade association representing brewers and pubs, has today responded to the Government’s announcement on its Winter Plan for Coronavirus Control. The trade association has said the repeal of COVID powers to close-down or apply restrictions to premises like pubs are welcome news for the sector. It said the measures would hopefully provide stability for the sector by enabling it to keep trading through the winter months, building confidence in the sector at this critical time in its recovery. The trade association did caution that although the ‘Plan B’ measures in the Government’s Winter Plan were to enable businesses like pubs to stay open, it did have concerns that asking people to work from home as part of ‘Plan B’ would impact the recovery of the sector – especially city centre pubs – and that covid certification has not been ruled out entirely.   Emma McClarkin, Chief Executive of the British Beer & Pub Association, said: “It is very welcome news for our sector that powers to close-down or apply restrictions to our pubs will be repealed. “Forced closure during lockdowns and unnecessary restrictions such as the 10pm curfew, rule of six and substantial meals rule have greatly damaged our sector. “Publicans across the country will sigh in relief knowing they have stability to keep trading over the winter months. We also urge the devolved administrations to follow the approach that has been outlined today. “Of course, ‘Plan B’ measures suggesting working from home are concerning as they would impact the recovery of our sector – particularly city centre pubs – if implemented. It is also vital covid certification continues to be ruled out for pubs under any future plans.”

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