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17th June 2019

Drinks dispense apprenticeship launched

Marston’s, along with Innserve and the Brewing, Food & Beverage Industry Suppliers’ Association (BFBi) are announcing a newly approved ‘Drinks Dispense Technician’ Apprenticeship

The Institute for Apprenticeships and Technical Education has approved a brand new ‘Drinks Dispense Technician’ apprenticeship. After originally being developed by the Trailblazer Employer Group co-chaired by, Marston’s and Innserve with the support from BFBi this is an industry first.

The newly approved Level 3 apprenticeship is an engineering and manufacturing route with a typical duration of 18 months. Funded through the Apprenticeship Levy, the apprenticeship provides an occupational standard sought after by employers.

Aimed at existing employees within the drinks dispense industry and new recruits, the apprenticeship is designed with both on and off the job training with the opportunity to learn from peers and experts as well as receiving a base education. The apprenticeship is welcomed by the drinks dispense industry as a way of recruiting, attracting and developing a pipeline of new industry specialists, in a role where there is a shortage of experts.

Jo Bradford, Group Apprenticeship Manager at Marston’s said: “To be part of the Trailblazer Employer Group and help create the Drinks Dispense Technician apprenticeship is something we at Marston’s are extremely proud of. Our pubs and breweries all depend on our beer and drinks to be poured at the highest standard, so this skill and trade is vital for so many.”

Sir Gerry Berragan, Chief Executive of the Institute for Apprenticeships and Technical Education, said: “This exciting new apprenticeship is an industry-first and I would like to thank all the employers on the Trailblazer group for helping to make it happen. Apprentices will be trained to a high standard for a role that requires building, installing and maintaining complex drinks dispensing equipment. I am delighted that it has been approved for use.”

Ruth Evans MBE, CEO of the BFBi said: “We are delighted that the apprenticeship is now available, with Levy funding. It provides a recognised pathway for cellar service engineers, providing a sound base for a successful career. We are indebted to the many employers who gave their time and expertise to ensure an apprenticeship that is fit for purpose.”


Editor’s Notes

The first cohort for the apprenticeship is due to start in September 2019.

The Trailblazer Employer Group consists of industry experts from small, medium and larger companies. All members are: AB InBev, Asahi UK, Atlantic, Avani, BevEx/L’Isolante K-Flex, BRAINS Independent Family Brewers, Brewfitt, Britvic, Carlsberg, City Dispense, CML Technical Services, Durr Technik, Frederic Robinsons, Fuller, Smith & Turner, Greene King, Heineken, Innserve (Co-chair), John Guest, Marston’s (Co-chair), Molson Coors, Mitie, Shepherd Neame, T&J Install, Three Nations, VIMTO.

For more information about Marston’s, call Lauren Hagan at their Press Office on 01926 338811 or email:

For more information about the apprenticeship and how to apply please visit: