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.

  • Bank holiday beer garden blow: Pubs to lose 10 million pint bank holiday weekend boost due to lockdown  

    22 May 2020

      Bank holiday weekend of good weather and FA Cup Final, which would’ve seen Brits flock to pubs and their beer gardens, adds to woes of pubs in lockdown FA Cup Final alone would have boosted beer sales by 2 million pints on Saturday alone BBPA calls for bank holiday in October to “replace” May bank holidays   The upcoming bank holiday weekend (Saturday 23rd to Monday 25th May) is to add to the woes of pubs who’ve had to shut for the COVID-19 lockdown. The British Beer & Pub Association (BBPA), the leading trade association representing brewers and pubs, has revealed that pubs will lose a boost to beer sales totalling as much as 10 million extra pints over the bank holiday weekend compared with a normal weekend as a direct result of the lockdown. With good weather expected across the duration of the bank holiday weekend, reaching as high as 24C on Monday afternoon, Brits would have typically flocked to their local pub beer garden to soak up the sun and enjoy the weekend under normal circumstances – boosting sales by up to 10 million pints. Furthermore, the weekend would have included the FA Cup Final on the Saturday – a key sporting event in the calendar for pubs that would have also drawn customers in to revel in the unique matchday experience that can only be found in the local. According to the BBPA, the FA Cup Final on Saturday alone would have contributed 2 million pints of the overall 10 million pint boost. Pubs were the first businesses to be ordered to shut down by the Government all the way back in March, and could be amongst the last to re-open as lockdown restrictions are lifted for them from July 4th as part of the Government’s third phase of re-opening. The BBPA has re-iterated though that not all pubs will reopen from July as many won’t be able to meet the social distancing measures required by then. No two pubs are the same and for many, ensuring a distance of two metres will be impossible, keeping them closed for much longer. The trade association has therefore proposed using advice and guidance from the World Health Organisation from July, which suggests using one metre for social distancing as opposed to two metres. This, it says, would help pubs to re-open viably and serve their communities again – by significantly increasing the number of pubs that could re-open by 120%. Pubs are already looking at operating plans and preparing additional safety protocols to reassure staff and customers they can create a safe socialising environment. It has also stated that pubs with beer gardens or outside terraces should be best placed to meet social distancing restrictions required for re-opening from July 4th, or maybe even open pub beer gardens earlier if Government allows, enabling people to enjoy their local community pub’s beer garden in the summer sun. The trade association estimates that there are some 27,000 pubs across the UK with beer gardens – more than half of the UK’s 47,000 pubs in total. There has also been speculation that Government is considering introducing more flexibility for pubs, restaurants and bars to use other outside space including pavements and could also be given permission to sell food and drink from street stalls outside their premises in the coming weeks. To help steer the reopening of Britain’s pubs, the trade association is also to work in partnership with the Government through its pubs and restaurants taskforce. It will offer its expertise and insights to the taskforce, including through offering assistance with pilot schemes, to help ensure pubs re-open safely for staff and customers and under conditions that are operationally viable. Tourism businesses including pubs and brewers have also welcomed suggestions of an additional bank holiday in October to “replace” those they have not been able to take full advantage of this month. The Digital, Culture, Media & Sport Parliamentary committee has written to the Government suggesting such a bank holiday, which the BBPA welcomes. Emma McClarkin, Chief Executive of the British Beer & Pub Association, said: “This bank holiday weekend would usually bring a much needed boost to our sector – as many as 10 million extra pints could have been sold in pubs. With such good weather, Brits would normally flock to their local pub beer garden to make the most of the sunshine. “The FA Cup Final, which would have taken place this weekend, would have boosted pub beer sales by 2 million pints on Saturday alone. “We’re all looking forward to pubs re-opening so we can catch-up with friends, families and neighbours over a beer once we are through this crisis. Those pubs with beer gardens and outside terraces are best placed to meet social distancing restrictions to open from July 4th. “We are working with Government to consider all the possible options for our nations pubs to reopen safely and viably as soon as is possible. “We welcome the idea of an additional bank holiday in October and support any Government help to boost the speed of recovery of pubs and breweries.”

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  • UK’s 27,000 pubs with beer gardens should be amongst the first to re-open, says BBPA

    21 May 2020

    Over half of UK’s pubs have beer gardens making them best placed to meet social distancing guidelines and re-open The British Beer & Pub Association, the leading trade body representing the UK’s brewers and pubs, has said that those pubs with beer gardens should be amongst the first to re-open after lockdown. It says that pubs with beer gardens or outside terraces should be best placed to meet social distancing restrictions required for re-opening from July 4th, enabling people to enjoy their local community pub’s beer garden in the summer sun. The trade association estimates that there are some 27,000 pubs across the UK with beer gardens – more than half of the UK’s 47,000 pubs in total. The BBPA has previously welcomed the news that pubs could re-open as part of phase three of the Government’s roadmap which starts from 4th July at the earliest. However, it has stated that more clarity is needed on the conditions pubs will need to re-open under in July and that Government must recognise that many pubs may not be able to meet the safety criteria and so be forced to stay closed beyond that date. To help steer the reopening of Britain’s pubs, the trade association is to work in partnership with the Government through its pubs and restaurants taskforce. It will offer its expertise and insights to the taskforce, including through offering assistance with pilot schemes, to help ensure pubs re-open safely for staff and customers and under conditions that are operationally viable. There has also been speculation that Government is considering introducing more flexibility for pubs, restaurants and bars to use other outside space including pavements and could also be given permission to sell food and drink from street stalls outside their premises in the coming weeks. Emma McClarkin, Chief Executive of the British Beer & Pub Association, said: “We want to explore all opportunities for our nations pubs to reopen safely and viably as soon as is possible. We are working with Government to consider all the possible options for re-opening pubs as soon as we can in a safe and viable way whilst meeting the required social distancing restrictions. “The 27,000 pubs in the UK with beer gardens will be amongst the best placed to re-open under social distancing conditions and so should be amongst the first to reopen. This would let people enjoy their local community pub’s beer garden in the summer sun.”

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