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.
15 December 2022
Commenting on the Scottish Government’s budget announcement today (Thursday), the Scottish Beer & Pub Association (SBPA) has warned the decision not to replicate the business rates relief will be met with disappointment from hospitality operators. Emma McClarkin OBE, CEO of the Scottish Beer & Pub Association said: “The lack of an announcement on business rates relief for Scotland’s pubs is hugely disappointing and will be met with dismay by many operators. Both the UK Government and Welsh Government have ensured that eligible businesses there will receive a 75% discount on rates next year, after a 50% discount for the entirety of this year. In comparison, Scottish businesses have been back to full rates since the summer. This puts Scotland's pubs at a significant disadvantage in their recovery given the challenges they are facing. “We’re glad the Finance Secretary’s has listened to industry and agreed to freeze UBR. This will provide a greater degree of certainty moving into 2023, but does not make-up for the failure to replicate the 75% discount the trade had been hoping for. “From Perth to Paisley, Stranraer to Stornoway, licensed premises are trying desperately to hold on amidst a perfect storm, with increased business costs and customers who are being more careful than ever about what they’re spending, they are being squeezed at both ends and profit margins are being wiped out. “We still desperately need additional action from both the Scottish Government and Westminster to save our much-loved pubs. Staff shortages, pressures throughout the supply chain, rising business costs, and unfathomable energy prices with inadequate support, are all adding together to create an extremely hostile environment for businesses. When coupled with increased regulations, including an unevidenced and unwanted Tied Pubs code, and impacts from Deposit Return, there is still a real uphill struggle for many to survive. Without our pubs and brewers our communities will be poorer not only economically but socially. “Investment is critical to our sector’s survival and growth, and we remain committed to working alongside Government to ensure that Scotland remains competitive, and the sector can continue being a bedrock of the national economy.”
16 August 2022
Commenting on Scotland’s Deposit Return Scheme (DRS) due to go live one year to the day and the release of the producer fees, Emma McClarkin, CEO of the Scottish Beer & Pub Association said: “With just one year to go before Scotland’s Deposit Return Scheme is set to start operating, there is a lot of work still to be done. Establishing producer fees is critical so producers can plan ahead and assess the impact on their businesses. Unfortunately, this will put even more financial pressure on both brewers and pubs at a very difficult time as they battle with soaring energy costs and labour shortages. The combination of a deposit and additional producer fees, themselves very significant amounts, will particularly impact products such as beer sold in smaller single-serve containers, often as part of multipacks. “The Scottish Government have shown that they are mindful about the cost of doing business and have supported calls for a range of measures, but they need to be acutely aware that the producer fee is just one of a myriad of costs attached to a DRS. Labelling, new IT systems, staff training, security, storage, and fraud risks will all come with significant expenditures. There also remains several elements still to be finalised, such as VAT treatment and the on-line takeback model, that with just a year to go is causing significant concerns among businesses. “We are committed to working alongside the Scottish Government and other stakeholders to deliver the best possible DRS, but without wider relief to the costs of doing business currently we risk losing many of Scotland’s brewers and pubs before DRS even starts.”
the proportion of people under 25 employed in the industry in Scotland.