Apprentice Brewer LACONS BREWERY LIMITED

Learn to make beer and secure yourself a rewarding career for life. Come and join our team at Lacons in Great Yarmouth, learn from our brewers and build your skills base with highly reputable and internationally recognised training from HIT training. Full time employment offered with competitive rates of pay, working amongst an enthusiastic team.

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Closing date: 28 Feb 2024

Apprenticeship summary

  • Annual wage

    Competitive

    This pay rate is above National Minimum Wage

  • Working week

    Monday to Friday 6am-2pm, shift pattern may be subject to change but not to include any night shifts and no finishes after 8pm.

    Total hours per week: 40

  • Expected duration

    18 Months

  • Possible start date

    31 Mar 2024

  • Date posted

    04 Jan 2024

  • Apprenticeship level

    Higher
    Level 4 (Higher national Certificate)

  • Reference number

    VAC1000220263

  • Positions

    1 available

What you will do in your working day

You will learn the ins and outs of the operations of a family-owned craft brewery, helping in all areas of beer production. You will need to be physically able to cope with the manual labour as some tasks are physically demanding. The variation of tasks will increase as time goes on and the skill level of the apprentice increases.

Tasks will include, but are not limited to: 

  • Cask Washing 
  • Cask Filling and Tracking 
  • Forklift Driving 
  • Fermentation and Cellar Checks 
  • Raw Materials Handling 
  • Bottle and Can Filling 
  • General Site Cleaning   
  • Current shift pattern is 6am-2pm Monday to Friday  

The training you will be getting

From design of beer recipes to brewery promotion, apprentices on this unique brewer apprenticeship will gain in-work experience and cover a broad spectrum of activities, from understanding ingredient provenance and the importance of stock control to safe operation of brewing equipment. 
The innovative curriculum explores new techniques in brewing and efficiency models which, when brought back into the brewery, impact on improved business performance and secure future growth in your business. 
Training will be held in 2-day blocks at Nottingham University, there are a total of 6 blocks over the 18-month apprenticeship. Accommodation and transport will be provided for these block courses. 
In house training will be provided in an ongoing basis from both the Head Brewer and the Operations Manager with time allowed within the working week for any course related material. All in house training will be conducted at our Great Yarmouth brewery or very occasionally at other local sites or venues where it is beneficial to the apprentice to gain experience outside of the brewery site.  
To complete the apprenticeship the apprentice must pass level 2 English and maths (or have the appropriate exemption certificate) before undertaking their end point assessment. 
Upon completion of this apprenticeship the apprentice will have gained a Level 4 Brewer Qualification.  
It is expected that upon completion of training the trainee will move into a Senior Brewer role. 
 

What to expect at the end of your apprenticeship

It is expected that upon completion of training the candidate will move into a Senior Brewer role provided the apprentice and employer are satisfied, can be provided by Lacons and there will be good opportunity for further development within our growing team. Given the calibre of the training there will also be opportunities in the wider community and even internationally if the candidate so chooses.   


Requirements and prospects

Desired skills and personal qualities

Communication skills, Attention to detail, Organisation skills, Problem solving skills, Number skills, Logical, Team working, Initiative, Physical fitness

Qualifications

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

Things to consider

Brewing is an incredibly rewarding career, with great perks, an inclusive and interesting community and good job security. You can travel the world with these skills, and there are always new challenges to overcome.

About the employer

At Lacons, we’re a family-owned and independent company and take pride in brewing the best modern-day beers. We stand by our core pillars of quality, consistency, and innovation, along with our vision to serve and support our local communities. Our passion for what we brew and do at Lacons is evident in our impeccable service, ensuring we deliver the “best of everything” to our customers.

Employer

LACONS BREWERY LIMITED

Address

Lacons Brewery Ltd

Main Cross Road

Great Yarmouth

NR30 3NZ

Contact

Hamish Cross

hamish.cross@lacons.co.uk

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Training

Training provider

HIT TRAINING LTD

Adjustments for experience

You could reduce your training time, or finish your apprenticeship faster, if you have relevant prior learning or experience. This could be relevant:

  • training
  • qualifications, like an NVQ in a relevant field
  • industry or sector experience

Apprenticeship standard

Brewer

Level 4 (Higher national Certificate)

Demonstrating experience

If your application is successful, you will have a chance to discuss your relevant prior learning or experience with your training provider and employer. You will all need to agree any adjustments to your training plan.

You should be prepared to show your competence, and evidence of relevant qualifications


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