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The Aim of the Drinks Dispense Technician Apprenticeship

apprenticeship standards are developed ‘by employers for employers.’ Nobody knows better what is needed in a job role than the employers themselves.

“Apprentices bring a new energy to the business, a new way of thinking”

Apprenticeship Information

The Level 3 Drinks Dispense Technician End-Point assessment (EPA) consists of three elements:

  • Knowledge Test consisting of 50 multiple choice questions

  • Workplace Observation and Questioning

  • Interview underpinned by a portfolio of evidence

The end point assessment is typically completed within a length period of 12 weeks.

This standard has a maximum funding rate of £8,000 and FDQs standard charge for EPA is 15-20% of the IfATE maximum funding rate.​

The standard involves working in the hospitality, retail, leisure, and catering industries in a variety of establishments that serve soft drinks and/or alcoholic beverages, including public houses, bars, clubs, retail establishments, leisure centres, hotels, festivals/events, clubs, schools, cinemas, theatres, stadiums, and many more. This profession is found in the engineering sector. Specialists in beverage dispensing may work for breweries or brand owners directly or through firms that provide engineering services.

The broad purpose of the occupation is responsibility for the installation and maintenance of drinks dispense systems. The aim is to build, install, maintain and repair complex drinks dispensing equipment to ensure that their customer can, in turn, deliver drinks of the right specification and quality to their customers.

Level 3 Drinks Dispense Technician

Opportunities in this field include roles within the new product development departments of bakery ingredient suppliers, as well as positions within the craft and production bakery industry. Additionally, professionals in this field may find employment in other hospitality-related sectors, including large fine dining kitchens.

Drinks Dispense Technician Apprenticeship Funding

This standard has a maximum funding rate of £9,000. Funding for the Lead Baker apprenticeship is either via co-investment with government or the Apprentice Levy.

Large food manufacturers (with a wage bill over £3million pa) fund their apprenticeships through the levy. The levy is collected by HMRC at a rate of 0.5% of a business’s monthly wage bill.

Smaller employers (with an annual wage bill below £3m) fund their apprenticeships through co-investment with government, though now they need only contribute 5% of their apprentices training costs. For employers with less than 50 employees that 5% is waived if their apprentice is between 16-18 years or between 19-24 and has a local authority education, health and care plan or has been in the care of a local authority.

All employers are now able to negotiate with their approved training provider to get good value brewing industry training that suits their business. They are also free to choose their preferred end-point assessment organisation.

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