Brewlab were delighted to welcome a class of five to Sunderland for the October Certificate in Practical Brewing course. After such a long wait to have international students back to Brewlab, it was lovely to see the new faces and hear the different accents around the building.

America, Canada, Switzerland, Ireland and Wales were all represented. As COVID remains a threat, Brewlab remain committed to stopping the spread and regularly test staff, undertake extra cleaning and do temperature checking on entry, helping ensure the student experience is as safe as possible.

All the students successfully completed their assessments and are now ready to take their next steps in the industry. From a variety of aims, some wanted to start up their own operations, some wanted to add brewing to existing businesses and others wanted to build their knowledge to gain employment in the industry. We’ll be hearing their success stories soon!

Course manager, Brian Yorston quoted: ‘After over 18 months of only training UK brewers face to face it was great to have our first 2021 cohort of overseas students. Having a diverse group of students provides a variety of shared experiences which enhances the learning process. It was great to see the relationships build during the course all linked to the common theme of brewing and beer. They discovered the delights of the vibrant northeast beer scene and the friendly hospitable nature of the Mackem and Geordie people. I was delighted with the beer they brewed for our first Darwin open evening especially the inspirational name of “Double Mackem”.’

We now look forward to 2022 with even greater anticipation, having successfully proved we can responsibly host students from around the globe again.

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