A group of 10 brewers, including Greene King, Marston’s and Fuller’s, has submitted plans to the Government for a brewing apprenticeship standard.

The move, which is being headed up by Brewhouse & Kitchen’s Kris Gumbrell and has the support of several trade bodies, come as the new Apprenticeship Levy comes into force.

The group has submitted its expression of interest to the Government, which will be consulted on by the Government, and has set up an apprenticeship ‘trailblazer’ which will spend c12 months developing the new standard.

The groups taking part are:

Brewhouse & Kitchen

Greene King PLC

Molson Coors UK

East London Brewing Company

Fuller, Smith & Turner

London Brewing Company

Marstons PLC

Daniel Thwaites PLC

Wimbledon Brewery

Hogs Back Brewery

Brigid Simmonds, chief executive of the British Beer & Pub Association, which is part of the Trailblazer group, said: “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.”

Gumbrell said: “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.”

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