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Brewery Worker Profile

 
Introduction

This Section of the site details information that you might find useful if you are looking to secure employment or require further details regarding working as an Brewery Worker. This page details the following Information:-

  • Finding Suitable Work as an Brewery Worker
  • Working Duties Expected
  • Hours and Environment
  • Working Skills Required
  • Training Requirements
  • Salary Expectations
  • Trade Information
  • Other useful Brewery Worker Work Information


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Working Duties Expected

Beer making involves a number of different stages:

• weighing and measuring the ingredients
• the mixing and fermentation process
• monitoring quality
• labelling, packing or loading.

Brewery workers might be involved in the whole process, or just certain stages.
Beer making starts with mixing malted barley, hops, yeast, water and sugar, and uses automated machinery to make sure the product is consistent. Brewery workers could be operating machinery, monitoring the temperature and quality of the beer, and even testing samples.

Brewery workers usually work about 39 hours a week, and normally work shifts. Breweries are noisy, hot, steamy places, with strong smells.

A brewery worker should be:

• practical with good manual skills
• reliable and responsible about hygiene, health and safety
• willing to work with machinery
• numerate (for weighing).

It is important to be:

• good at teamwork
• prepared to do a job which may be physically demanding.

There are now fewer job vacancies for brewery workers because of the increased use of machinery. People do not need any particular qualifications to be a brewery worker, but it is helpful to have GCSEs/S grades in English and maths. There are no age restrictions, and most people start at over 18 years old because of the shift work involved.
Training for brewery workers is often carried out on the job, but there are also NVQ or equivalent qualifications available.

Brewery workers may be promoted to supervisory level if they gain enough experience

What does the role encounter?

Beer making involves a number of different stages:

• weighing and measuring the ingredients
• the mixing and fermentation process
• monitoring quality
• labelling, packing or loading.

Beer making starts with mixing malted barley, hops, yeast, water and sugar, and uses automated machinery to make sure the product is consistent. Brewery workers could be operating machinery, monitoring the temperature and quality of the beer, and even testing samples.

Once brewing has been started and gone through the fermentation and processing steps, workers could be processing it into kegs, casks, bottles or cans for the final packaging. Finally, they may be involved in loading the beer for its final journey to the customers.

Brewery workers generally use computerised machinery, which does a lot of the work, with only certain work like weighing and measuring being done by hand. Brewery workers have to be extremely careful about health and hygiene, sterilising equipment, cleaning the work area, temperature controls, and keeping records of ingredients.

Brewery workers might be involved in the whole process, or just certain stages. They probably work under the supervision of a technical brewer, who is responsible for the entire brewing process from start to finish, including the final product's quality.

What type of hours will I have to work?

Brewery workers usually work about 39 hours a week, and normally work shifts.

Breweries are noisy, hot, steamy places, with strong smells. Workers need to be very careful with the operating machinery and the hot liquids they deal with, and have to wear protective clothing such as overalls, boots, a mask and ear protectors.

Brewery workers involved in loading products or unloading raw materials may work outside in all weathers. Others work inside and may stand for long periods. They may be required to lift heavy sacks and crates - so they need to be physically fit. The work may not be suitable for people who are sensitive to dust. Brewery workers must have normal colour vision to operate the machinery.

What level of salary and benefits are there?

These figures are purely for guidance only. Salaries may vary for the area the job is situated in, age, experience along with a host of other factors:

• Typical starting salaries are around £16,000 a year.
• Experienced staff can earn £21,000 a year.
• Senior staff can earn between £26,000 and £32,000 a year.

What type of skills will I need?

You will need to have some or all of the following type of skills to carry out this job:

• be practical people with good manual skills
• be reliable and responsible about hygiene, and health and safety
• be good at paying attention to detail
• be willing to work with machinery
• be prepared to work on a range of different jobs
• be able to work well in a team
• be numerate (for weighing)
• have good communication skills
• be physically fit.

What type of training will I receive?

Brewery workers normally train on the job by doing NVQs/SVQs Levels 1 and 2 in Food and Drink Manufacturing Operations. The Institute and Guild of Brewing also offers a General Certificate in Brewing and Packaging and a General Certificate in Distilling. Both of these examinations are equivalent to NVQ Level 2.

Apprenticeships which may be available in England are Young Apprenticeships, Pre-Apprenticeships, Apprenticeships and Advanced Apprenticeships. To find out which one is most appropriate log onto www.apprenticeships.org.uk or contact the local Connexions Partnership.

Apprenticeships may be different, depending where people live. In Scotland they are Skillseekers - contact Careers Scotland www.careers-scotland.org.uk for further information; in Wales, Foundation and Modern Apprenticeships - contact Careers Wales www.careerswales.com; and in Northern Ireland, Modern Apprenticeships - contact COIU www.delni.gov.uk.

Career Progression:

Brewery workers may be promoted to supervisory level if they gain enough experience.

It is unlikely they could move into technical brewing without degree-level study, or doing specialist training with the Institute and Guild of Brewing.

Are there similar types of job or related industries?

Yes, this list is not exhaustive but see the following categories:

Cellar Technician
Chemical Plant Process Worker
Food Processing Operative
Packaging Operative/Manager
Technical Brewer.

Where can I find further information?

British Beer and Pub Association, Market Towers, 1 Nine Elms Lane, London SW8 9NQ. 020 7627 9191. Website: www.beerandpub.com

Institute and Guild of Brewing (changing to Institute of Brewing and Distilling in January 2005), 33 Clarges Street, London W1J 7EE. 020 7499 8144. Website: www.igb.org.uk

What trade magazines are available for this industry?

All of the following magazines and journals can be purchased from any good bookstore:

The Brewer International
Journal of the Institute of Brewing


Other Useful Brewery Worker Work Information

We have a section available at this site on Brewery Worker job interview tips that you may find of interest should you wish to brush up your skills in this area and we also have number of career articles that may also be of use to you from within our guides and documents section.

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