The role of Spirits Operations Apprentice in the scotch whisky industry is an entry-level position that offers a unique opportunity to be directly involved in producing and preparing the spirit that goes into some of the industry’s most iconic whisky brands. You will typically learn about malting, mashing, fermentation, and the distillation process and lead to gaining skills in casking, bottling, labelling, and packaging.
The programme is usually structured at a pace to help, support, and inspire you. You will rotate between teams every 6 months to gain a wide appreciation of our operations which will help develop your technical knowledge. The structure of the program will typically involve you being on site, four days a week and one day a week you will attend college to study for your SCQF Level 5 or your HNC/D in Chemical Engineering.
Main duties and responsibilities
As a Spirit Operations Apprentice you will learn how to comply with industry health, safety and environmental working practices and regulations, work both individually and as part of a team and learn control production processes to ensure product quality and efficacy.
Key responsibilities of the role include:
At the end of the programme, you will have obtained your SCQF Level 5 or your HNC/D in Chemical Engineering.
You will also have developed a deep understanding of operations, and have gained valuable experience in a variety of processes. Depending on your interests, you can work towards a variety of Manufacturing roles, such as Process Improvement roles, or Team Leadership.
To be successful in this role, you will need to have a strong interest in the scotch whisky industry and be willing to learn and develop your skills. A high level of attention to detail and the ability to work effectively as part of a team are also important qualities. You will also need to have good communication skills, as they will be working with colleagues, customers, and suppliers on a regular basis.
Skills and experience
The Spirit Operation Apprenticeship programme is an exciting, blended learning approach of in-the-classroom and on-the-job training.
The skills and experience required vary depending on the specific employer and role, but typically require the following:
As a Spirits Operations Apprentice you should be willing to learn, enthusiastic, and committed to delivering high-quality scotch whisky products.
You will typically need a minimum of a high school diploma or equivalent, although some employers may require additional qualifications or experience in a related field. Apprenticeships may last between one and four years and may involve a combination of on-the-job training and classroom-based learning.
If you are interested in becoming a Spirits Operations Apprentice in the scotch whisky industry, there are several resources you can use to find opportunities and prepare for the role: