Anyone have an insight in how to go about getting a job in the brewing industry, be it in ireland or elsewhere (apart from starting your own company)?
I'm talking at the brewing side of things and not eg sales, accounting etc
For example are vacancies very rare, what experience and qualifications are needed?
I would imagine a bio-processing or biotechnology degree is a advantage.
There's some interesting info on the blog on the metalman website about how they took on someone on a JobBridge scheme.
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I saw that alright. Fairplay to them for actually hiring their last jobsbridge trainee.
Was chatting with a lad from Diageo and he said to get a job there you don't necessarily need a brewing/chemistry degree but it helps. Having homebrew expereience would generally count for something. Didn't explain the hiring process or how to actually apply for a job though.
In terms of micros the problem for Dublin based folk is there's only really the Porterhouse and Trouble nearby. (not counting Messr's as they are really a one-man show.) Either of those 2 might be expanding and looking for staff.
Further afield Franciscan are expanding in 2013 so will no doubt need new brewers and I'd bet 8 Degrees will at some point. Carlow are growing and growing so are probably always on the lookout and as mentioned, Metalman hired their last job bridge intern and now have a new one.
Homebrewing experience is probably all you need to get a foot in the door.
I think, to get into it, you really need to be willing and able to move. I moved to the UK during the summer after being offered a job in rural Oxfordshire as an assistant brewer, in the new year I will be moving to London and running the brewery of a small 10 BBL company. Be aware that the money starting off isn't good, I think £16-18k is average for an assistant brewer but I have heard of salaries as low as £12k!
My advice would be to sign up for the General Certificate in Brewing (GCB) exam with the Institute of Brewing and Distilling. Keep an eye on the websites that list brewing jobs (links below). If you're unemployed, keep an eye on the fas websites for brewery internships, also contact taste4success skillnet and register your interest in doing a brewing course. Also if unemployed, have a look at courses in food science offered through springboard and HACCP courses through fás.
Brewing isn't very difficult and there are a lot more people who want to do it than there are jobs, so you need to be able to offer an employer something else. Either a proper brewing education or another skill which can be put to good use in the brewery, in my case I think it was having worked in appliance repair for 7 years that helped me.