Month: April 2019

The beer industry is in need of developed brewers

Lack of skilled workforce in breweries induces education institutions to provide their states with professionally trained employees.

A geography professor from the University of Shippensburg, Alison Feeney, during her trip through Pennsylvania State discovered a shortage of colleges where students can be taught as beer makers even though the brewing industry getting bigger there.

She talked to brewers about their business how they manage and where they have learned. Professor came to the conclusion that these people still have questions but they are ready to share skills with interested students. Need to educate new brewers for subsequent work was discovered by Pennsylvania and Shippensburg States where colleges cooperate with a beer industry by creating special courses and bachelor’s programs. As a consequence, Pennsylvania became first in 2017 among the USA in manufacturing with an income of $5.8 billion and 282 breweries.

Indulgence towards beer makers as well as empty brewing places through the state led to national fame of local brands and the ability to stay true to traditions. At the moment Americans explore new tastes of craft beer, therefore, such an industry develop extremely fast. Buyers prefer craft breweries to ordinary taprooms. According to data of president at Brewers Association, the craft beer market is getting tight. More than 4 000 opens at the moment in the USA with more than 140 000 employees.

Feeney decided to invite beer makers to upgrade their skill in Shippensburg institution. The university includes needed information into the curriculum of different subjects. Such a partnership will be useful for both sides. The education institution put a lot of effort to implement that plan. They collected about 800 000 dollars for a purpose to educate new as well as existing brewers.

Get your employees educated

Nowadays the USA counts more than six education institution with the brewing program. There are opportunities to learn it in Germany with a student exchange program.

Therefore, although a great number of beer makers started without education they employ people with a degree. These courses and programs were created due to a lack of potential employees for craft breweries.


New programs for beer makers in Shippensburg University are expected to be useful for skilled brewers as well as for newcomers. Feeney hopes that courses will be taught not only by professors but also by current beer makers in order to fill the program with practical experience.

Students from Metro University manage to partner with breweries. In that way, they are able to test different kinds of beer in the institution’s special lab. Nowadays people have to be skilled in order to become an employee. So, a small beer company in Shippensburg provides students with free work there as an opportunity to practice. Founders of that brewery got an education about the beer industry in Siebel. Even there the skill was required.

University in Shippensburg includes bachelor’s programs and short courses for people with need of professional skill. Also, the institution has different educative programs for brewing lovers. Due to the growing beer market, these bachelors’ programs will be more and more required between graduated. As Kerkman claims, the difficulty isn’t in creating a beer maker but in creating brewer who will be able to pass traditions to the next generation.