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Apprenticeship training course

Brewer (level 4)

Making beer.

Qualification level
Equivalent to higher national certificate (HNC).
Typical duration
18 months
Apprenticeship category
Engineering and manufacturing
Maximum funding
Maximum amount government will fund
for apprenticeship training.
Skills an apprentice will learn
  • Control and safe operation of automated and/or manual plant and equipment required for brewing, fermentation, processing and packaging of beer taking appropriate personal and operational responsibility for health and safety to protect self and others at all times.
  • Maintains accurate records for existing beer recipes and as part of day to day brewhouse and production requirements.
  • Design and adjustment of beer recipes and specifications where necessary.
  • Planning to ensure production schedules are met, with adjustments made in a timely way where necessary.
  • Quality and safety control checks (microbiological, chemical, physical, sensory) and maintains records required for traceability.
  • Monitoring quality control and consistency of ingredients, raw materials and product within the process and at final package and to demonstrate compliance with specification and regulations.
  • Implementation and monitoring of cleaning and sanitation processes intended to ensure plant and process hygiene.
  • Monitoring and maintenance of yeast hygiene, vitality and viability.
  • Use of computer word processing and data manipulation packages.
  • Contribution to CI activities to improve and optimise production processes and troubleshoot/problem solve operational issues.
  • Promotion of the brewery and attributes and characteristics of key brands and styles, when hosting or attending private and/or public events.

Full information on Brewer (level 4) is available from the Institute for Apprenticeships and Technical Education.

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