Hannah Jepson - FDQ's Brewing Success Story

Hannah received a Distinction grade in her

L4 Brewer End Point Assessment delivered by FDQ.

Hannah’s route to a brewing apprenticeship

Hannah’s family were all involved within the brewing industry. Four generations of relatives had roles being fitters, engineers and various others. However, Hannah had always wanted to become the first brewer in her family. In 2019 Hannah decided to make that dream a reality. She began to look for a brewing apprenticeship. In perfect timing Hannah soon found an opportunity and began her apprenticeship with, Thwaites Brewery. A company that had previously employed Hannah’s great Aunt, from leaving school up until her retirement.

Since joining Thwaites, they’ve had nothing but great things to say about Hannah and her journey so far. Head Brewer of Thwaites, Mark O’Sullivan, said of her, ‘Hannah fitted in from the very start and showed great potential and passion for brewing’. Hannah has made a big impact working with Thwaites. As an apprentice brewer she worked closely with her mentor and friend, experienced brewer, Glyn. With the 42 years of experience Glyn has in the brewing industry, they teamed up to develop a recipe which just recently went on sale. The Thwaites team say they are ‘extremely proud’ of what she’s achieved so far, praising her hard work and determination to succeed.

Preparing for end-point assessment

Hannah’s brewing apprenticeship started at Nottingham University, where she studied for 2 days every 6 weeks. It was there she developed her learning and met with people within the brewing industry. She met other brewing apprentices from big breweries, which helped her understand the wider brewing community. Hannah found ‘getting stuck in’ to practical brewing activities made it easy to prepare for her Brewing End Point Assessment. This also helped improve her brewing knowledge ready for her Knowledge Test. Hannah took part in organised tours of different breweries to view their different setups. In the build up to her Level 4 Brewer EPA, Hannah said FDQ were very helpful. She said the FDQ Independent Examiner, Andrew Hamilton, was ‘very reassuring’, ‘calm’ and let her know how everything was going to run.

Hannah’s determination to succeed was worth it in the end. Hannah went on to achieve a Distinction in her overall Brewer End Point Assessment. A remarkable journey that left her employers ever more proud to have her on their team.

A recommendation by Hannah before any EPA would be to ‘trust the work you put in’ prior to the assessment date.

Hannah’s future plans

Hannah wants to progress further and has enrolled on an online course in brewing. She’d therefore like to develop her skills and knowledge in the brewing industry. One day will look to a brewing diploma and continue to succeed with her employer.

What Thwaites have to say about the L4 Brewer Apprenticeship

‘Gaining hands on experience whilst studying is a huge benefit in brewing, I would recommend the apprenticeship scheme to anyone starting in the industry’ (Mark O’Sullivan)

To find out more about FDQ’s Level 4 Brewing end-point assessment see below,

Level 4 Brewer End-point Assessment: