We’re pleased to welcome Abi as our newest Apprentice to the TEA [Train. Experience. Achieve] Academy!
Abi will be a familiar face to many at the Tap where she has been working part-time around her college work for the last few months.
So now her college course has come to an end, it’s no surprise that Abi has opted for a career in the hospitality sector! We caught up with Abi as she embarks on her first steps as our Hospitality Supervisor Apprentice…..
Q: How did it all start at the Hogs Back Brewery?
A: I’ve always liked going out, going to places and speaking to lots of people, so I wanted to work in a social environment, and what could be more sociable than a Brewery Tap! I started working in the bar and making the pizzas but being with customers is what I like best.
Q: What’s been the most difficult part so far?
A: Trying to learn about alcohol drinks when you can’t taste them! But you can tell a lot through the colour and aroma. Luckily, the team in the Tap have all helped me out by describing the flavours!
Q: Why did you choose the Hospitality Supervisor Apprenticeship?
A: Growing up with an elder brother and sister meant there was always someone to talk to and I like working in jobs where I get to speak to lots of different people. Hospitality is fun! I was a bit nervous at first but I’m building up my confidence!
Q: Tell us a bit more about the apprenticeship…..
A: It’s a 12-month course and I’ll be spending one day a week studying. It will be a mix of online lectures and seminars, but there are some workshops too, which I am looking forward to.
Although I have only just started, my tutor has already sent me some online assignments!
At the end of the course, I will have to sit some online exams, but there will also be a 4-hour observation at the Hogs Back Brewery, where my tutor will get to see me in action!
Q: How do you like to relax in your spare time?
A: I really like walking our dog. It’s a Shih Tzu puppy and although he looks a bit grumpy, he’s lovely!
Q: What would be your dream job?
A: Running my own bar! I would love to be in charge and make the bar just how I want it. It would give me a real sense of achievement.
We wish Abi all the best in her new career!
If you are interested in finding out more about our Apprenticeship scheme, register your interest.