Work in an ever growing industry and become involved in spirits production. The sector in Scotland is booming and it’s made up of large multinational organisations through to small craft distillers.

Learn about malting, mashing, fermentation and the distillation process. Gain skills in casking, bottling, labelling and packaging. Be involved in warehouse operations, moving raw materials and casks and organising their distribution. Whatever you choose, you could play a key role in helping create a variety of spirits from whisky, gin, liqueurs, vodka or brandy. 

What's the qualification?

Youll gain a qualification in Spirits Operations at SCQF Level 6

SCQF qualification levels explained

What will I learn?

As part of your apprenticeship, youll learn about Spirits Operations and complete one of the following qualifications: 

  • IBD General Certificate in Distilling
  • IBD General Certificate in Packaging

Youll also develop the following core skills:

  • Problem-solving
  • Communication
  • Working with others
  • Information and Communication Technology
  • Numeracy

Where could it take me?

There are a range of options to pursue with this Modern Apprenticeship. 

Further study: Choose to increase your knowledge through another apprenticeship. You could develop more skills and experience by undertaking a Food and Drinks Operations apprenticeship. 

Straight to work: Use your qualifications and find a job in the sector. Some are listed below:  

  • Spirits Process Operative
  • Spirits Production Operative
  • General Labourer

Entry requirements

There are no set requirements for this apprenticeship. 


This Modern Apprenticeship will take 24 months to complete

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