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Brewing Graduate Trainee Job Description


Having a career in the brewing industry can be very rewarding and exciting! One of the most common ways that people enter the industry is via a graduate traineeship. If you are specifically interested in becoming a brewer, a brewing graduate traineeship is the perfect entry point.

A brewing graduate trainee must have already completed a degree in Food Science, Biochemistry, Microbiology or Chemical Engineering. They must also be interested in completing an additional qualification that specialises in brewing.

Typically, they will work in the brewery while completing a certificate or diploma in brewing. They will be gaining practical, hands-on experience while simultaneously learning the technical side of brewing beer. After 1 to 3 years, a brewing graduate trainee is considered a fully qualified brewer. After gaining more experience, they can become a technical brewer, brewing team leader, manager, or master brewer.

Many large beer companies have graduate programs looking for talented candidates who are passionate about brewing. It is an excellent pathway for graduates who are interested in brewing and there is very high demand for brewing graduate trainees.

Brewing Graduate Trainee Responsibilities

The responsibilities of a brewing graduate trainee include:

  • To continue studying brewing techniques and eventually obtain a brewing qualification from an institution like the Institute of Brewing and Distilling (IBD).
  • To develop strong working relationships within the brewery by collaborating with other brewers, managers, and technical staff
  • To develop a strong working knowledge of the essential safety procedures within the brewery
  • To learn about all aspects of the brewing process, from working with raw materials to packaging and testing the final product
  • To gain an understanding of the techniques that can be used to improve brewery productivity and efficiency
  • To check the quality of samples, temperate of water, and to make adjustments to the brewing process
  • To learn brewing recipes and new techniques for brewing
  • To work closely with the laboratory team and understand the processes that are performed to test beer and ingredient quality
  • To accurately record data relating to the production processes
  • To work in conjunction with the brew master and technical brewers on new beer recipes
  • To assist the technical brewer in a variety of tasks including checking stock levels and identifying problems with the brewing process
  • To develop and monitor production plans and schedules

Brewing Graduate Trainee Education Requirements

A brewing graduate trainee must have completed a degree before applying for a position. Typically, this degree should relate to a field that is related to brewing. Most often that will be a BSc degree in Food Science, Biochemistry, Microbiology or Chemical Engineering.

The brewing graduate trainee must also be pursuing a brewing qualification from an institution like the Institute of Brewing and Distilling (IBD) or Heriot Watt University.

Brewing Graduate Trainee Experience

Ideally, a candidate should have:

  • Some brewing experience (even home brewing experience is valuable)
  • Experience working in laboratories
  • Experience working in a production facility (ideal)
  • Experience working as part of a team (ideal)

Brewing Graduate Trainee Key Skills

Key skills for a brewing graduate trainee include:

  • A passion for beer-making
  • The ability to work in a fast-paced environment and meet deadlines
  • A strong understanding of the science relating to the brewing industry (chemistry, physics)
  • The ability to apply scientific principles to the beer-making process
  • Strong communication skills
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and the ability to work well within a team
  • Leadership skills and the ability to lead by example
  • A good working knowledge of technological developments within the brewing industry
  • Strong attention to detail and record keeping ability
  • Analytical and decision making skills
  • Flexible and able to deal with unexpected problems
  • High levels of energy and a positive outlook

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What qualifications are needed to become a brewing graduate trainee?

A brewing graduate trainee is typically required to hold a BSc degree in a relevant field such as Food Science, Biochemistry, Microbiology, or Chemical Engineering. They should also be pursuing, or have the intention to pursue, a specialised brewing qualification from a recognised institution like the Institute of Brewing and Distilling (IBD) or Heriot Watt University.

What kind of practical experience will I gain as a brewing graduate trainee?

During the traineeship, you’ll acquire hands-on experience by working within a brewery, which includes learning about the entire brewing process from raw material handling to packaging and quality testing of the final product. Additionally, trainees work towards a brewing certificate or diploma, combining practical skills with technical knowledge.

How long does it take to become a fully qualified brewer through a traineeship?

It takes approximately 1 to 3 years of working as a brewing graduate trainee to be considered a fully qualified brewer. After this period and with further experience, career progression opportunities include roles such as technical brewer, brewing team leader, manager, or master brewer.

Are there opportunities for career advancement after completing a brewing graduate traineeship?

Yes, once you’ve become a fully qualified brewer, there are numerous advancement opportunities. With additional experience, you can progress to roles like technical brewer, brewing team leader, manager, or even master brewer.

What are the key skills that a brewing graduate trainee should possess?

Aspiring brewing graduate trainees should have a keen interest in beer-making, the capability to work in a dynamic environment, a strong grasp of relevant scientific principles, and excellent communication and teamwork skills. Leadership abilities, attention to detail, analytical and decision-making skills, and flexibility in dealing with unforeseen issues are also vital.