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Bar staff

How much can I earn? Salaries start
from £12,000, rising to £27,000 as a
head waiter/waitress. Tips may help
to boost your income, and you may be
offered free restaurant meals or snacks
during your breaks.

You need to be unflappable to work
behind a bar, especially a busy one. As
front of house staff, your job is to create
the right impression and make customers
feel welcome, as well as serve them
the right drinks. Bar work isn't a
nine-to-five job, so it's ideal if
you're not a morning person.
What skills do I need? Good
people skills are key, as is
flexibility, as bar work often
entails evening and weekend
shifts. A good memory for
orders and reasonable numeracy
skills are important. You need
to be aged at least 18 to work in
a pub unsupervised, although you can
start an apprenticeship at 16. This allows
you to work in the kitchen or serve
alcohol but only with the supervision
of the manager/licensee.
How can I progress? Bar work appeals
to many people as a form of casual
employment. However, there are career
opportunities and, with experience, you
can graduate to management level or even
become a publican and run your own pub.
How much can I earn? Salaries start
from around £12,000, rising to around
£35,000 for a bar manager.

If you want to learn the tricks of
the trade, a Brewery Worker is a
good starting point, as your job
will focus on the beer-making
process from start to finish.
What skills do I need?
Couch potatoes need not apply,
as this job is a relatively physical
one. You also need to be
practical, numerate and have good
concentration and communication skills.
There are no set entry requirements but
some employers may ask for GCSEs (A*
to C), especially in maths and English.
Prior experience in brewing or distilling
would be an advantage.
How can I progress? With experience,
you could become a supervisor. Further
training could lead to a career as a
technical or craft brewer.
How much can I earn?
Salaries start from around
£13,000, rising to £25,000
with experience.

Waiting staff

Microbrewer

Working on your feet all day may not
be everyone's cup of tea, but a job as
waiting staff can be a very sociable type
of employment, and it's often flexible
enough to fit around other commitments.
It may involves working shifts, including
evenings and weekends, making it a good
source of casual employment.
What skills do I need? Although
the job does not require specific
qualifications, there are relevant
apprenticeships available. You'll
need a good standard of maths
and English, and previous
customer service experience
will stand you in good stead.
Good people skills are essential, as
is being able to stay calm under pressure
when faced with a busy restaurant or an
awkward customer.
How can I progress? With experience,
you could progress to Head Waiter/
Waitress or Restaurant Supervisor.

A micro brewery is an
independent brewery that
produces a small amount
of beer, focusing on flavour and
technique rather than quantity.
What skills do I need? You need to learn
the art of brewing. You can do this on
a short course (try Brewlab or
Brew School) or, if you have
the time, you can even do a
degree, such as the one run
by the International Centre
for Brewing & Distilling at
Heriot-Watt University in
Edinburgh. Persistence and
patience are key, as is a good
head for business if you're going to
make a profit. You should also be aware
that the job requires a lot of both heavy
lifting and cleaning.
How can I progress? The independent
brewery community is flourishing, so if
people are drinking and enjoying your

Brewery worker

beer, the sky's the limit! There's a real
sense of support among brewers so seek
out others for advice and guidance.
How much can I earn? That depends on
the success of your product. You need to
take your start-up costs into account. The
smallest brewing kit from PBC Brewery
Installations (pbcbreweryinstallations.
com) will set you back just over £11,000,
and then you have pay for space, bottling
equipment, marketing and more - not
to mention finding outlets prepared to
stock and sell it.

Publican
Running a pub isn't for the faint-hearted,
but if you're not afraid of hard work, have
excellent people skills and a good head
for business, it might just be your calling.
What skills do I need? You'll need to
be well organised and a good leader, with
the ability to manage a team. Experience
in bar work and customer service is vital.
To become a tenant or leaseholder and
run a pub for a brewery, you'll need
experience to demonstrate you can run
a pub successfully. Some larger chains
offer graduate management trainee
schemes, which require a degree
or HND. However, just about
anyone who has enough money
can buy and run a pub.
How can I progress? If you own
your own pub, there are no limits
to what you can achieve. You could
even end up owning a chain.
How much can I earn? Publicans
employed by a brewery earn
£20,000 to £50,000, depending on the
size and success of the pub. But you
can earn far more as the owner of a
successful pub. Some breweries offer
bonus schemes, free accommodation
and living expenses.
FIND OUT MORE
* Get In Go Far: getingofar.gov.uk
(a good place to start if you're looking
for an apprenticeship)
* The Society of Independent Brewers:
siba.co.uk (offers advice and ideal for
information on networking)
* Brewlab: brewlab.co.uk
* Brew School: brew-school.com
* Greene King Recruitment and Open
Days: greenekingpubs.co.uk

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