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.

  • Andrew Strauss confirmed as guest speaker for BBPA Annual Dinner & Awards 2019

    13 September 2019

    Former England Cricket Captain Sir Andrew Strauss has today been announced as the guest speaker for the BBPA’s Annual Dinner & Awards 2019 at the Royal Garden Hotel in Kensington, London. Among the world’s most respected players, Strauss is one of only three England captains in history to secure Ashes victories both home and away. Under his stewardship, the national side was ranked the top Test team in the world. One of the finest batsmen in the game, Strauss scored over 7,000 runs in his career. A resourceful and dependable opening bat, he often made valuable contributions in tricky situations and was always recognised for his leadership and professionalism. Off the field Strauss was equally popular with supporters and media, doing an enormous amount to promote Cricket. He retired from the pitch after his 100th Test and took to commentary work with Sky, before becoming the first Director of Cricket for the national team. Brigid Simmonds, Chief Executive of the British Beer & Pub Association, commented: “Andrew is recognised across the globe for being one of cricketing’s greats. His experience as the England cricket team captain, turning the national side around to become the best in the world, makes him a fascinating speaker. I admire him as a person and am delighted at his award of a knighthood, so very much look forward to what he has to say at our dinner.” Places are filling up fast for the BBPA Annual Dinner & Awards 2019, run in partnership with Pub & Bar magazine. The evening brings together business leaders in the brewing and pub sector, key industry stakeholders and parliamentarians, to celebrate the outstanding achievements of key individuals and organisations within the sector. To book either a table or individual tickets for the Annual Dinner, visit the dedicated booking website, or contact

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  • BBPA welcomes policy U-turn on international students

    11 September 2019

    The British Beer & Pub Association (BBPA) has today welcomed a policy U-turn by the Government, which means that international students will be allowed to stay in the UK for two years after graduating from 2021. Brigid Simmonds, Chief Executive of the British Beer & Pub Association, commented: “With 24% of employees in UK pubs coming from overseas – rising up to 40% in some metropolitan areas – and 42% also being under the age of 25, letting international students stay in the UK for two years after graduating is welcome news for our sector – particularly as we face a real skills shortage.”

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