TORONTO — Ontario Craft Brewers (OCB), the association of small, independent craft brewers in Ontario, is pleased to announce a beer education scholarship program for women working in the Ontario craft brewing industry.
“Ontario’s vibrant craft brewing industry employs women in all areas of the business,” says Garnet Pratt Siddall, president & CEO of Side Launch Brewing Company and chair of Ontario Craft Brewers. “More women are choosing to work in this industry because of the excitement, the growth opportunities and the dedication to producing a quality product.”
In celebration of International Women’s Day 2017 and as part of its commitment to women in craft brewing, OCB will award up to six scholarships for women in OCB member breweries. Each scholarship will allow the candidate to obtain the first level of certification within the internationally-renowned Cicerone program, an industry standard used for identifying those with significant knowledge and professional skills in beer sales and service.
“A key foundation of the craft brewing process is a commitment to quality standards,” says Pratt Siddall, “and the Cicerone training program offers independent assessment and certification for individuals working in the industry in order to elevate the craft beer experience for both industry professionals and consumers.”
Each OCB scholarship award will cover course registration fees for the interactive e-Learning program, BeerSavvy® as well as Road to Cicerone course book (Brewing Ingredients & Process) and a full set of Beer Style Flashcards. BeerSavvy® covers key content for the Certified Beer Server program and exam which trains participants in the fundamentals of great beer service for quality craft beer.
Eligible applicants must be female, 19+ years and have been working with an OCB member brewery for a minimum of one year.
Interested applicants should fill out the following QUESTIONNAIRE by March 31, 2017. Successful candidates will be announced at the end of April 2017 and must register for the program by end of June 2017.