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Brewer Apprentice East London Brewing Company Ltd.

East London Brewing Co seeks a Brewer’s Apprentice with a strong work ethic, good attention to detail and a passion for beer. All aspects of brewing will be covered, with 80% of time working in the brewery and 20% on off-the-job learning, including time at Adnams Brewery and a series of practical sessions and tutorials at Nottingham University.

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Closing date: 31 Dec 2022

Apprenticeship summary

  • Annual wage

    £7,503.60 to £14,820.00

    Salary to be topped up to London Living Wage for the appropriate age group.

    Wages explained

    Apprentices are paid for their normal working hours and training that's part of their apprenticeship (usually one day per week).

    Minimum Wage Rates
  • Working week

    30 hours per week, normally Monday to Friday. Days at the brewery / off-site and start and finish times may vary according to brewing schedule/learning activities. Hours to be confirmed.

    Total hours per week: 30

  • Expected duration

    18 Months

  • Possible start date

    01 Mar 2023

  • Date posted

    31 Oct 2022

  • Apprenticeship level

    Level 4 (Higher national Certificate)

  • Reference number


  • Positions

    1 available

What will the apprentice be doing?

The successful candidate will be over 16 years old, self-motivated with a strong work ethic. Attention to detail, a passion for excellence and an interest in beer are a must. You will be part of a small but dedicated, extremely hard-working team. You will spend 80% of your time working in the brewery and 20% on off-the-job learning. This will include attending 12 workshops at the International Centre for Brewing Science at the University of Nottingham, where industry experts will bring the theory and practice of brewing to life with a series of lectures, practical sessions and tutorials. It will also include regular visits to Adnams Brewery in Southwold, to experience work in a larger brewery.

Reporting to our Head Brewer, you will be given exposure to all aspects of the brewing process and be specifically trained in cellar operations.

Key tasks will include, but not be limited to:

  • Assisting on brew-days: raw materials preparation, grain bill preparation, spent grain management, brewhouse cleaning during the brew-day
  • Cellaring work including yeast management, tank transfer and dry hopping
  • Cleaning and maintenance of the brewery: cask washing, FV CIP, brewhouse monthly cleaning: general cleaning within the brewery
  • Packaging: labelling, canning/bottling, kegging and cask packaging. Arlington/IBC filling
  • Monitoring beer & quality control: gravity & pH measurements, C02 testing
  • Data entry into the brewing software

What training will the apprentice take and what qualification will the apprentice get at the end?

Brewing Apprenticeship Level 4, maths & English Functional Skills Level 2. 

By the end of the apprenticeship, we would expect you to have a good working knowledge of the brewing process, from raw materials to finished product and be able to perform many of the basic brewery management functions independently and with confidence. You will have a strong knowledge of different beer styles and characteristics and how these are produced.

Should you show a particular aptitude for brewing, we would encourage you to work towards and earn the General Certificate in Brewing during your apprenticeship with us. This is a key building block in a successful career as a brewer.

Successful completion of the apprenticeship will put the candidates in a strong position to apply for further brewery positions or related jobs, for example in laboratory analysis, packaging or hospitality.

What is the expected career progression after this apprenticeship?

Successful completion of the apprenticeship will put the candidates in a strong position to apply for further brewery positions or related jobs, for example in laboratory analysis, packaging or hospitality.

Requirements and prospects

Desired skills and personal qualities

Communication skills, Attention to detail, Organisation skills, Problem solving skills, Administrative skills, Number skills, Analytical skills, Logical, Team working, Patience, Physical fitness, A passion for beer!, Practical skills


GCSE or equivalent English (Grade 4) Desired
GCSE or equivalent Maths (Grade 4) Desired

Things to consider

Practical skills and good maths will be very useful and if you're not fit already, you certainly will be by the end of the apprenticeship! Brewing is not only mentally challenging, but also physically demanding.

About the employer

East London Brewing Company is a 25BBL microbrewery, brewing beers for cask, keg, bottle and can for distribution throughout London, the UK and beyond in truly timeless, British tradition. Established in 2011, we are passionate about beer and about celebrating brewing as one of the many wonderfully diverse, creative and innovative traditions of East London. The beers we brew explore familiar British classics and showcase newer styles. Our entire beer range is vegan and we do our very best to minimise our carbon footprint and work ethically, with sustainability and support for our local community always in mind. We recycle all the spent grain from our brewing process – it goes towards bio-digestion, which is either used to make electricity or goes to the gas grid. We only buy green electricity. We also recycle all our cardboard, paper, aluminium tin cans and food waste as well as nearly all our plastic. We use local companies wherever possible – this is not only better ecologically, but also for the local economy and independent businesses. We are highly embedded in our local community, with initiatives such as the Walthamstow Hop Project and work experience opportunities for local young people. We pay London Living Wage as a minimum to our staff, who we recognise are – along with our loyal customers – the reason we exist.


East London Brewing Company Ltd.





E10 7QB


Claire Ashbridge-Thomlinson

020 8539 0805

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Training provider


Apprenticeship standard


Level 4 (Higher national Certificate)

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