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Brewery worker

Alternative titles for this job include

Brewery workers brew and package beer.

Average salary (a year)

£18,000 Starter

to

£30,000 Experienced

Typical hours (a week)

42 to 44 a week

You could work

evenings / weekends on shifts

How to become a brewery worker

You can get into this job through:

  • a college course
  • an apprenticeship
  • working towards this role
  • applying directly

Apprenticeship

Apprenticeships relevant to this role include:

  • Level 2 Food and drink process operator
  • Level 3 Food and drink advanced process operator
  • Level 4 Brewer

Entry requirements

There are no set entry requirements but it may help you to get in if you have:

  • some GCSEs, usually including English and maths, or equivalent, for an intermediate apprenticeship
  • 5 GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C), or equivalent, including English and maths, for an advanced apprenticeship

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Work

You may be able to start as a production assistant or warehouse worker and take training on the job through your employer. Training could include qualifications offered by the Institute of Brewing and Distilling.

Direct Application

You could apply directly to work in a brewery. You may find it useful to have GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C) in maths and English. Experience in brewing, distilling or food and drinks processing could give you an advantage.

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Career tips

It will help if you have enthusiasm for and knowledge of brewing and beers.

Further information

You can find out more about working in the brewing and drinks industry from the British Beer and Pub Association.

What it takes

Skills and knowledge

You'll need:

  • to be thorough and pay attention to detail
  • the ability to work well with others
  • patience and the ability to remain calm in stressful situations
  • the ability to accept criticism and work well under pressure
  • persistence and determination
  • knowledge of manufacturing production and processes
  • thinking and reasoning skills
  • knowledge of food production methods
  • to be able to carry out basic tasks on a computer or hand-held device

Restrictions and Requirements

You'll need a driving licence if your role involves delivering beer.

What you'll do

Day-to-day tasks

On a typical day you may:

  • weigh and mix ingredients
  • keep records of ingredients
  • monitor the temperature and quality of the beer
  • wash and clean brewing containers and work areas
  • sterilise equipment
  • label and pack products
  • transfer beer into kegs, casks, bottles or cans 
  • load the beer onto lorries
  • at smaller breweries you might deliver to local customers

Working environment

You could work at a brewery.

Your working environment may be humid and noisy.

You may need to wear protective clothing.

Career path and progression

With experience, you could progress to supervisor.

With further study or training, you could move into technical brewing.

Current opportunities

Apprenticeships In England

Manufacturing Apprentice

  • Wage: £17,100.00 Annually
  • Location: Batley

Manufacturing Apprentice

  • Wage: £17,100.00 Annually
  • Location: Plymouth

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