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.

Across the UK, 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.


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.


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.


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.


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.

  • Welsh Pubs to Receive Four Times as Much Financial Support as Pubs in Scotland for Xmas Period

    03 December 2020

    The Scottish Beer & Pub Association (SBPA) has today (Thursday) called on the Scottish Government to save thousands of pubs and other hospitality businesses by ‘at least’ matching the level of economic support the Welsh Government has committed to their pubs.  Currently, the economic support afforded to the average Scottish pub stretches to just £2,700 for the six-week Christmas period, whilst the average pub in Wales will receive £11,300. Some pubs in Wales will be eligible for upwards of £17,000 in grant support, whilst Scottish pubs will struggle to survive this Christmas.  It is also understood that there will be no cap on multiple operators in Wales, something which the Scottish Government has included on previous grants. This resulted in many SMEs in the hospitality sector receiving reduced levels of support, putting more jobs at risk.   Commenting, CEO of the Scottish Beer & Pub Association, Emma McClarkin, said:  "As a sector, hospitality businesses are on their knees and are desperately crying out for meaningful economic support. Whilst any grant is of course welcome, the current level of funding does not come close to covering fixed costs, even when closed. In order to support jobs, the Scottish Government needs to at least match the support offered to pub in Wales.   "Every day that passes without further economic support means that more pubs will stay closed for good and more jobs will be lost as a result. Pubs in Wales have been given a lifeline which we hope will now see most of their pubs reach the other side of the pandemic. Meanwhile, pubs in Scotland face devastation.  "The Scottish Government cannot delay any further and must now announce more support for the hospitality sector, which provides over 100,000 jobs in Scotland. They must also support the jobs of those workers that are employed by multiple operators. The current restriction on grant support means that hundreds of jobs are being put at additional risk, for no reason. Some pubs, if owned by multiple operators will receive absolutely nothing.     "If the Welsh Government can support hospitality jobs and businesses with this level of support, the Scottish Government must be able to provide at least equitable support. Without it, thousands of pubs likely stay closed for good." 

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  • More Misery for Pubs As MSPs’ Back ‘Unwanted, Unneeded and Economically Damaging’ Members Bill

    26 November 2020

    The Scottish Beer & Pub Association (SBPA) has expressed its disappointment at the decision by MSPs not to reject outright the highly damaging Tied Pubs (Scotland) Bill, saying that more red tape and uncertainty is the last thing the industry needs at this time. The vote – which ignores the Economy, Jobs and Fair Work committees’ recommendations and the independent CGA study – risks burdening pubs with additional red tape and creating extra costs for both pubs and taxpayer. Commenting, CEO of the SBPA Emma McClarkin said: “This decision today is absolutely devastating for the industry and comes at the worst possible time.  This Bill is completely unwanted, unneeded and economically damaging. It does nothing to support the sector, whilst it’s going through the biggest crisis it has ever faced. “We will of course work constructively with MSPs of all parties at Stage 2, however there should be no doubt; by voting for this proposal, MSPs have added an enormous amount of uncertainty for business, which will only result in pub operators losing out on much-needed investment. “Unless fundamental changes are made at Stage 2, pubs in Scotland now face being at a severe disadvantage to pubs elsewhere in the UK, risking the pace of recovery as we look to come out of the Covid crisis. Tied tenants are rightly questioning why politicians are focusing on punishing them with more regulation and red tape, when the industry is already on its knees.  “It’s especially surprising MSPs have decided to back this Bill, as no meaningful evidence has been provided to indicate a problem. A Scottish Code is already in place for pub tenants, which has only received one single complaint against it since its launch four years ago.   “The Economy Committee’s report also concluded that there was no evidence of a need for legislation. “The only independent study into the issue, commissioned by the Scottish Government in 2016, is also being ignored. It is quite clear that this is a solution to a problem that doesn’t exist. MSPs will need to explore in the detail the technical feasibility of this proposal, the legality of such an intervention into contract law and show clearly why taxpayer money should be spent on setting above an expensive public body to oversee this code.” Pub tenants, whom the Bill seeks to ‘support’, are also unhappy with the proposals. Speaking ahead of the vote, Andrena Bowes, who runs eight pubs across Edinburgh, the Lothians’ and Fife said: “The Coronavirus has devastated the pub sector and politicians should be focused on that, not wasting time on proposals which aren’t wanted and definitely not needed. “As a tenant under the tied model, I can speak personally of its success and joint-partnership model, which sees a sharing of the rewards and responsibilities.   “During the pandemic, my pub company has provided constant advice, support, reimbursement for unusable stock and have also written off rent, which without would have forced us to close our doors for good.   “The news that this proposal is even being considered in light of the pandemic makes you want to cry. Hospitality businesses are begging for meaningful economic support that could save their livelihoods and jobs of their staff, and politicians are wasting time discussing technical rules which impacts a tiny minority of pubs.  “Above all, pubs need certainty, but Neil Bibby’s Bill removes what little certainty we had at this time.”

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