How to become a technical brewer
You can get into this job through:
- a university course
- a college course
- an apprenticeship
- applying directly
- specialist courses or a graduate training scheme
You could do a degree in a related subject, like:
- chemical engineering
- food science or food technology
You could continue your professional development by studying for a postgraduate qualification, like a master's in brewing and distilling or biochemical engineering.
You'll usually need:
- 5 GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C), or equivalent, including English, maths and science
- 2 to 3 A levels, or equivalent, for a degree
- a degree in a relevant subject for postgraduate study
You could gain some of the skills and knowledge you need for this role through a Level 3 Diploma in Food Science and Nutrition.
You could also consider Food and Drink Qualifications (FDQ) like the Level 2 Certificate for Proficiency in Brewing Industry Skills.
You'll usually need:
- 2 or more GCSEs at grades 9 to 3 (A* to D), or equivalent, for a level 2 course
- 4 or 5 GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C), or equivalent, for a level 3 course
Apprenticeships relevant to this role include:
- food and drink process operator intermediate apprenticeship
- food and drink advanced process operator advanced apprenticeship
- brewer higher apprenticeship
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
- 4 or 5 GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C) and A levels, or equivalent, for a higher or degree apprenticeship
You may be able to start as a production assistant or other operational role and take training on the job through your employer. Training could include qualifications offered by the Institute of Brewing and Distilling.
You'll usually need experience in a management role and some knowledge or experience in brewing and distilling to apply for jobs directly.
You could take professional qualifications in brewing. These are offered by the Institute of Brewing & Distilling, either online or at a training centre.
If you have a degree, you could apply for a place on a graduate training scheme with one of the larger brewing companies.
It will help if you have enthusiasm for and knowledge of brewing and beers.