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There are many thousands of people in Britain working either directly or indirectly as part of this multi-billion pound industry, including those working within sales, supply and production.
Interestingly, almost 9 out of 10 pints drunk in Britain are brewed in Britain. Meaning there is a real demand for specific training and skills development in this country. It is therefore perhaps not a surprise that a record number of breweries are opening up in Britain, increasing the demand for brewing industry skills all the time. The Campaign for Real Ale has reported that there are more than 1,000 breweries now in the UK, the highest figure for more than 70 years. These range from the very large breweries owned by global brands to the small micro-breweries.
The FDQ brewing industry skills qualifications suite covers a diverse range of specialist areas from yeast cropping to packaging; fermentation to marketing; temperature control to kegging.
These qualifications are designed for those who are working in the brewing industry in manufacture, packaging, distribution or sales. They offer the opportunity to develop skills and knowledge required to confirm competence at work in brewing operative or technical roles. It also suits those competent at core brewing industry activities who are looking to develop their existing skills and knowledge, perhaps to support multi-skilled activities or increase productivity at work.
Learners can qualify in areas as diverse as storage, handling, brewing sales and service as well as packaging and distribution.
The brewing industry skills suite of qualifications provides businesses and individuals with an opportunity to develop good practices and understanding. They allow skills and knowledge to be developed in a wide variety of areas depending upon the type of business and processes/products that apply.
The broad menu of skills and knowledge within the qualifications can be chosen to reflect the role, responsibilities and development needs of learners. These include compliance functions like food safety and health and safety; production functions or those carrying out brewing support operations such as packaging, testing and quality assurance. This suite also offers learners the opportunity to develop knowledge in a range of brewing technology areas.
Level 2 Certificate for Proficiency in Brewing Industry Skills - £80.00
Level 2 Diploma for Proficiency in Brewing Industry Skills - £80.00
These are particularly popular with employers as training and assessment can be carried out largely within the workplace. This means qualifications can be undertaken during the working day and require minimal time off the job.
The qualifications and associated training can be tailored to be relevant to an individual’s daily work and business procedures, to ensure maximum benefit is derived by both the learner and their business.
Jason Bennellick, of Prima Bakeries, Scorrier, has become the first bakery apprentice in England to successfully complete the L2 Craft Baker Apprenticeship, achieving a Merit grade.
The L2 Baker Standard contains three distinct routes, one of which is Craft Baker. This specialism was designed to revive traditional craft bakery skills, which the apprentice must prove in their bakery end-point assessment.
Supporting Jason in his apprenticeship learning and end-point assessment preparation were Truro and Penwith College. The college introduced the Baker Apprenticeship Standard in 2018, in recognition of the importance of the baking industry to the Cornish economy.
Baking Lecturer and course developer, David Williams, who himself has 40 years’ experience in craft bakery said he was ‘very proud’ of Jason’s achievement. He added,
‘It has been a pleasure to work alongside Prima to develop our Bakery Apprenticeship programme and deliver the skills needed in the workplace’
Prima’s Managing Director, Mark Norton, described the bakery apprenticeship as ‘exemplary’ and that Prima were keen to take on a new apprentice to help build the future of craft baking in Cornwall.Read more