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  Keith Hayes
At a minimum get your Leaving Cert, that’s required anyway. But don’t sell yourself short aim for a third level college qualification, something like a science degree. It may not have obvious benefits now but the career is changing direction so fast it could stand to you big time.

Take your time in applying I joined the service when I was 25 yrs old and looking back I think around that age is the right time. When you consider some of the calls we attend and things we may need to deal with, joining at 17 or 18 after the Leaving Cert with little or no life experiences may turn you off because it is very demanding physically, mentally and emotionally.
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Brewery Worker

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Works on the production of beer in a brewery, preparing ingredients and equipment used in the process.


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Brewery workers are involved in all stages of beer making. They follow instructions given by the brewer in charge of the whole operation. They prepare and process raw materials. They keep a watch on hygiene and cleanliness, monitor process conditions at various stages, and check samples for impurities and general quality. Beer making involves a number of stages. The brewer may be involved in the whole process or in parts of it.  
 
Large breweries are highly automated and controlled with computers. Brewery workers operate computers to control the machinery that carries out the work. Many large breweries also bottle, can or keg their own products. In smaller breweries, some processes are still done by hand.  
 
Breweries are often fairly hot, noisy and wet places to work. Some brewery workers spend a lot of time outdoors in all weather conditions, taking deliveries of raw materials or loading lorries. Some brewery workers will be responsible for the delivery of the beer to bars and restaurants that have placed orders. 


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You will need a practical approach and a willingness to learn new skills. You will need basic numerical skills and an ability to follow written and verbal instructions. You should also be safety conscious. The work can be quite physical at times, requiring lifting and carrying. You must be able to pay attention to detail and be able to work as part of a team.  
 
Those working in a highly automated brewery may need a basic understanding of computer control.


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Organisation: Alcohol Beverage Federation of Ireland
  Address: Confederation House, 84/86 Lower Baggot Street, Dublin 2
  Tel: (01) 605 1500
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Organisation: Institute of Brewing and Distilling
  Address: 33 Clarges Street, London WIJ 7EE
  Tel: +44 (0) 20 7499 8144
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Organisation: National Employment Rights Authority
  Address: Information Services, Government Buildings, O'Brien Road, Carlow
  Tel: (059) 917 8990 Locall: 1890 80 80 90
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Organisation: Soft Drink and Beer Bottlers Association
  Address: 13 Adelaide Street, Dun Laoghaire, Co. Dublin
  Tel: (01) 284 4374
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