SMILE BREWING, with FDQ, recently launched a new qualification ‘Certificate in Independent Brewing Entrepreneurship’, providing customised training for the independent brewing sector with the intention of providing new brewers with all the tools they need to build winning businesses as well as brew winning beer.
Would you open a brewery? Is the Craft Beer market saturated? What does a new brewery have to do to make it in the current environment? Independent Brewers are opening up new breweries and launching new beer brands every day. There are lots of new start-ups, and lots of closures too, and this is being replicated all over Europe.
SMILE project manager, Michael Ward stressed the importance of giving new beer entrepreneurs the best chance of success, “Local breweries benefit communities through new economic activity, job creation, resource utilisation, inward tourism, and environmental sustainability”.
The SMILE / FDQ Certificate in Independent Brewing Entrepreneurship was officially launched at an event hosted by The Brewers of Europe on November 22nd. The training syllabus and curriculum is freely available on www.smilebrewing.com. The qualification can be achieved by reinforcing this free learning with experiential learning in an established brewery, and project work designed to apply the business learning.
Speaking at the Launch, Terry Fennell CEO of FDQ Limited said that they were attracted to the SMILE project because of the “uniqueness of the training program in addressing the business components of successful brewing”. Mr. Fennell also presented the SMILE team with a plaque which officially recognises SMILE Brewing as an approved centre of FDQ, a fully regulated awarding body with International reach.
To get in touch with SMILE Training Centre, or to find out more about the SMILE/FDQ Certificate in Independent Brewing Entrepreneurship, check out the website at www.smilebrewing.com or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
SMILE (Sustainable Microbrewers Learning across Europe) is co-funded by the EU through ERASMUS+. SMILE partners included Mullingar Employment Action Group (Ireland), Inn-Training (UK), Associazione A Rocca (Italy, GLAFKA s.r.o. (Czech, Dramblys (Spain), the European Brewery Convention (EBC). FDQ is a specialist awarding organisation focused on the food and drink industry.
The first group of SMILE students, representing Ireland, Uk, Czech Republic, Spain, Italy/Sicily, and Germany.