Why you should enrol on an apprenticeship

W hen it comes to kick-starting a new career, getting your foot in the door can seem a little daunting.

Scouring job vacancies and finding you lack the experience or qualifications to fit the grade can be disheartening too – but the route to your dream job could be a lot easier than you imagine.

With a St Austell Family Group apprenticeship, you can gain all the essential skills and qualifications you need through a series of practical, hands-on work experiences and academic-based training.

Fancy working your way to the top in hospitality? Or maybe you see yourself as a budding IT whizz, marketing guru, brewer, or engineer. We have a truly diverse range of career pathways to explore. Here are just a few of the benefits of enrolling in an apprenticeship with us.


You’d be hard-pressed to find more desirable places to work. Our managed pubs, offices, and distribution centres are located in some of the most breath-taking locations in the country – from Cornwall’s dramatic coastline to Devon’s beautiful rural retreats and the urban buzz of vibrant cities such as Bristol and Bath. Those with a thirst for adventure will feel right at home.


Quality training

We won the BII NITA (National Innovation in Training Award) for ‘Best Apprenticeship Programme’ in 2017 and have been shortlisted for the award since. Many of our apprentices have gone on to receive praise and recognition following their graduation. In recent years, Chef Apprentice Brandon Penwarden won ‘Achiever of the Year’ at the 2019 Cornwall Apprenticeship Awards, and Haydn Rogers earned a place on Business Cornwall’s ‘30 Under 30’ in 2020 after completing his engineering apprenticeship.


We love to celebrate our talented team members internally too. Each year, we stage a Big Apprenticeship Lunch at St Austell Brewery. Apprentices from across our managed and tenanted estate get together as we highlight outstanding performances with honours. We also name an ‘Apprentice of the Year’ at our annual Tribute Awards.



With an apprenticeship, you’ll have the chance to establish a career with us. This includes continued access to industry-leading development and training programmes. We’re passionate about delivering excellence in everything we do, providing memorable experiences that inspire and delight every guest that walks through our doors. This is only possible with exceptional team members. That’s why we’re committed to nurturing the talent found in every function of the business. You’ll also have plenty of fun along the way!

Our departments

There are many arms to our business, so you’re sure to find a career pathway that’s perfect for your skills and aspirations. You could enrol as an apprentice in any of the following disciplines:


Learn to cook using fresh, locally sourced ingredients in some of the UK’s most spectacular coastal and rural locations.


We founded the UK’s first-ever brewer apprenticeship in 2019, nurturing the beer industry’s future generations of talent in a world-class, multi-award-winning production team.


Whether it’s graphic design, shaping content in the ever-changing digital landscape, or working out and about at events, no two days are ever the same.


Brewing is manufacturing. Behind every piece of cutting-edge technology, we need the right people to upgrade and maintain it.


Playing a key role in our mission to create experiences that inspire, our Trade team members provide the best environments for our people and guests across the estate.


Recruiting the best talent, developing, and championing our current team members, and looking after our own all form part of our People function.


This dynamic team ensures the company remains profitable, manages accounts across our wholesale and retail business, and makes the most of our data.

IT -

Technology underpins everything we do. Our IT team provides essential hardware and systems support to all areas of the company while keeping an eye on potential new business solutions.


We wholesale products right across the West Country and sell our renowned beers both nationally and internationally.


Whether working in warehouse logistics or delivering goods to our customers, you’ll find great opportunities to work in one of the largest distribution networks in the South West.

Learn on the job with our expert team

With a range of different apprenticeships on offers across the business, we're invested in developing your skillset and setting you up for the future. Start your next adventure with our team and apply today to set a new course.