As the new Apprenticeship Levy starts operating this week, a group of ten brewers has submitted an ‘Expression of Interest’ to Government outlining its intention to develop a new ‘brewing’ apprenticeship standard. The move is supported by the British Beer & Pub Association (BBPA), the Society of Independent Brewers (SIBA) and the Institute of Brewing and Distilling (IBD), and comes in advance of upcoming changes to apprenticeships.
The standard is now the subject of a consultation by the Department for Education, and the BBPA is urging brewers to both give their views and demonstrate their support for the standard here.
An apprenticeship ‘Trailblazer’, consisting of more than ten industry employers and other industry stakeholders, including the BBPA, is being formed to develop the new standard, which the group anticipates will take around 12 months.
The ‘Trailblazer’ is being chaired by Kris Gumbrell of Brewhouse & Kitchen, the 17-strong pub group and brewer, which has spearheaded the development of the standard.
Large businesses, with a pay bill of over £3 million, will begin paying the new Apprenticeship Levy from this week. The Levy, and ongoing Government funding for apprenticeships, will oblige employers to follow these standards. The Government is also beginning to phase out existing apprenticeship frameworks, so it is therefore vital that a brewer occupation standard is now established.
Other brewing companies interested in helping to shape its development are urged to contact the BBPA.
Brigid Simmonds, Chief Executive, British Beer & Pub Association, comments:
“The upcoming Apprenticeship Levy will see all those with a pay bill exceeding £3 million contribute, and the brewing sector will be affected, so it’s great to have been involved in helping to set up this ‘Trailblazer’ and work together to shape our future training needs.”
Kris Gumbrell, Chief Executive, Brewhouse & Kitchen, adds:
“Training and apprenticeships in our industry are vital to our continued success. The creation of a brewing apprenticeship standard will help us continue to provide high-quality training opportunities for current and future employees, whilst also giving breweries access to a skilled workforce from their investment in the Levy.”