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In Britain, more than 25 million people drink beer, cider and lager; this results in huge retail sales which regularly top more than £15 billion annually.

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.

Brewing industry skills qualifications

Suite overview

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


FDQ Level 2 Certificate for Proficiency in Brewing Industry Skills

Qualification structure

FDQ Level 2 Diploma for Proficiency in Brewing Industry Skills

Qualification structure

Competence based qualifications

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.

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MEAT Ipswich learner is FDQ’s 100th EPA success!



 Owen Smith

 Owen Smith learning lamb butchery skills at MEAT Ipswich butchery school.



Owen Smith (18) has become our 100th successful EPA candidate. Owen trained for his butchery apprenticeship with MEAT Ipswich, where his trainer, Stuart Davis, said of him,


"Owen is a pleasant and very well mannered young man. Owen has gained confidence throughout his apprenticeship and has applied his learning to practical situations at his place of work, enabling him to adapt certain practices to suit the needs of the company. "


Originally studying for  ‘A’ levels, Owen realised the academic route wasn’t for him, so applied for an apprentice butcher job with Ansell and Sons in Maldon, Essex. Though at first he struggled working a 39 hour week he enjoyed the butchery training, especially as he was being paid to learn! Since completing his butchery apprenticeship and end-point assessment he has become an integral part of the team. He loves interacting with people and feels he learns something new every day.


Now more than ever apprenticeships are a great way of bringing new people into your team, or developing the skills of existing staff. On 1st April employer contributions were halved from 10% to 5%. This means the Government funds 95% of the apprenticeship training costs. In some circumstances 100% of training costs are covered. Talk to one of our friendly team to find out more.

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