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Apprentice brewer in cutting edge nano-brewery, serving as research and development for upcoming craft brewery, specialising in hop forward craft beers.

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Closing date: 20 Dec 2022

Apprenticeship summary

  • Annual wage

    £10,004.80 to £19,760.00

    Pay will increase when the applicant becomes more and more skilled in the workplace depending on how fast they gain skills and responsibility.

    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

    Hours will generally Mon-Fri 08:30 - 17:00 however some flexibility may be required to assist with covering other shifts.

    Total hours per week: 40

  • Expected duration

    24 Months

  • Possible start date

    23 Dec 2022

  • Date posted

    03 Nov 2022

  • Apprenticeship level

    Level 4 (Higher national Certificate)

  • Reference number


  • Positions

    2 available

What will the apprentice be doing?

·    Preparation of all grain brewing consumables– malt, hops, adjuncts, yeast, and additives prepared according to Hop Lab recipes in preparation for brewing wort for fermentation.

·    Preparation of equipment – Cleaning of stainless steel brewing and fermentation equipment following use and sanitization and purging of air prior to use

·    The regular cleaning and sanitizing of the nano-brewery itself to conform to the highest standards of hygiene. 

·    Carryout the brewing process – Mashing in malted grains, transferring wort to boil kettle, monitor and control the boil adding hops and additives to hop lab recipes, chilling wort, transfer to fermentation vessel and adding yeast.

·    Monitor and control fermentation – rig up fermentation vessel to glycol chiller, electric heater and temperature controller to maintain desired fermentation temperature according to specific recipe, regularly sample fermenting wort and test for specific gravity, ph etc.

·    Cold crash, carbonate, and filter beer where necessary prior to packaging – packaging would generally be to commercial pressurized kegs, suitable for connection to professional cellar installation in any bar or public house, directly from pressure fermentation vessel or via brite tank but would also involve bottling via counter pressure bottle filler.

·    Following brewing, products would be sampled, and recipes adjusted along with new recipes being created, produced, and trialed.

·    Various brewing techniques would also be trialed and appraised in an ongoing improvement process.

·    Serving and working within a nano-brewery tap when required.

·    Aid with the design process of beer making including naming beers, producing marketing materials etc.

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

Applicant will acheive Brewer Level 4 apprenticeship.

This will take place via on the job learning at our brewery in Knypersley, Stoke on Trent, and on two day release periodically at The University of Nottingham.

All travel and accomodation expenses will be provided when doing the training modules.

What is the expected career progression after this apprenticeship?

We aim for the applicants to become fully qualified brewers and take an important and responsible role within the business as it grows.

Requirements and prospects

Desired skills and personal qualities

Communication skills, Attention to detail, Organisation skills, Problem solving skills, Logical, Team working, Creative, Initiative


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

About the employer

Hop lab is a research and development nano brewery for an upcoming craft brewery business that will grow from the initial foundation. Therefore, the successful applicants could go on to work in a significantly larger brewing facility prior to the completion of their apprenticeship. We would hope that the successful candidate would have progressed sufficiently to become a senior brewer in this facility by the end of their apprenticeship and would be ready to take responsibility for commercial scale production and the overseeing of new staff that are brought in to manage the higher level of production. The successful candidates would grow into senior positions within the company as it grows offering opportunities for management and directorial roles.









Adam Whalley


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Apprenticeship standard


Level 4 (Higher national Certificate)

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