Inaugural brewing scholarship recipients announced


Otago Polytechnic, in conjunction with Capable NZ and Otago Brew School, has announced the first two recipients of brewing scholarships.

Cameron Burgess, of Southpaw Brewing Company Ltd (New Brighton, Christchurch), has been awarded a scholarship to study the New Zealand Diploma in Brewing (Level 6)  and will start the six-month programme in November.

Jesse Foley, of Altitude Brewing, Queenstown, has been awarded the scholarship for the New Zealand Certificate in Brewing (Level 5), and recently started his studies.

The scholarships are aimed at those who have gained significant experience, knowledge and skills through their work within the New Zealand brewing industry, but do not have a formal qualification that recognises this.

Cameron says the scholarship means a lot to him.

“I have always valued education very highly. With my young family and my business, without this course and scholarship I wouldn’t have had the opportunity to finish my brewing study.”

Jesse says the scholarship will enable him to scale another rung on the brewing ladder.

“I have a chance to have a career in an industry that I enjoy.  It's very hands-on, physical work, which I find gives me a feeling of daily fulfilment. 

“Brewing also allows for continuous experimentation, designing beers for changing seasons and palates.”

Otago Polytechnic’s unique range of brewing qualifications have been designed to meet industry needs as well as offer a learning experience that fits with learners’ lifestyle.

Otago Brew School is Otago Polytechnic’s newly established Cromwell-based school and is now delivering the first New Zealand brewing qualifications in conjunction with Capable NZ.

Capable NZ, Otago Polytechnic, enables people to have the knowledge, skills and learning gained through their career, measured against an NZQA-endorsed qualification, to gain a qualification through their workplace.

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