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5th December 2019

City of Wolverhampton College has joined forces with brewers and drinks manufacturers across the country to offer a UK-first apprenticeship scheme. 

The organisations have teamed up to develop a structured programme to train drinks dispense technicians responsible for the installation and maintenance of equipment in pubs, clubs, bars, hotels, theatres, leisure centres and stadiums.  

The 18-month scheme will enable apprentices to combine working as field engineers in the industry with studying for a Level 3 engineering drinks dispense technician qualification, delivered by the collegeon a block release basis every month.  

The programme covers a wide range of tasks and will equip the apprentices with skills in plumbing, electrics, refrigeration, gas pressure systems and pipework, as well as fault finding, problem solving, customer service, training, product quality, time and workload management, health and safety, and industry codes of practice. 

The scheme is being delivered at local brewery giant Marston’s Plc’s Talent Academy in Summerfield Road, Wolverhampton, with the first group of 10 apprentices – including two staff from Marston’s, three from Vimto, and five from two independent drinks dispense installation companies  attending their first training block this week.      

The training will be delivered by Iain Ramage, a leader in drinks dispense installation, and in preparation for the launch of the scheme the academy has been kitted out with a range of equipment to ensure the apprentices develop skills and knowledge to carry out the installation, maintenance and repair of complex drinks dispensing systems across the country.  

Malcolm Cowgill, principal at City of Wolverhampton College, said: “We are delighted to be working in partnership with Marston’s to offer this new apprenticeship which is a first for the UK drinks industry. 

“The scheme demonstrates the college’s commitment to working with local employers to develop courses and training schemes based on their needs to ensure the current and future workforce is equipped with skills and knowledge to meet the demands of the business.”   

Jo Bradford, group talent and inclusion partner at Marston’s said: “To be part of the group helping 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.” 

Drinks dispense companies interested in training apprentices through the scheme can find out more information from the college’s apprenticeship team on 01902 837163 or email 



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