After moving to Lisarow in early 2020 and setting up a brewery five times larger than their previous location, Hawkesbury Brewing Co continues to bolster its team and is committed to deliver on its promise to bring new jobs and opportunities to the region.
In less than a year, HBC has already grown to over 70 employees and as part of this growth taken on 4 engineering apprenticeships. For local central coast Head Brewer Tim Best and Head of Engineering Mick Hookham, it’s all about investing in the future and meaningfully contributing to the local community. “We’re in the central coast for the lang haul and we’re committed to being a part of this community” says Mick. We realise that some of the skills of operating a brewery are unique so we’re excited to bring on apprentices and show them the ropes and train them into their roles. That way, they grow as we grow. ” says Tim .
“We are teaching the apprentices all facets of brewery production. This includes fitting and welding, running the machines, helping with brewing and all the way to warehousing. We believe its critical they spend time in each area. At the end of the apprenticeship they will be qualified to work in our engineer department and will be equipped with trade skills for life which will equally be transferrable to other industries
For the apprentices, its a great opportunity to skill up in a large fast growing industry. According to Andrew Nemeth “I’m learning how to run and maintain all of the different machines as well as weld stainless steel. So far the apprenticeship is challenging but a lot of fun and I’m excited to see where it takes me. I hope to expand my skill set and learn as much as I can to improve as a boilermaker, and continue to work at the Hawkesbury Brewing Co”
Erin Cleaver adds “I’m finding the position very enjoyable but challenging, it’s not the type of job role that you would come across often. It is very rewarding knowing how much you are able to accomplish in such a short period of time. Plus its a great to see the Hawkesbury beers we’re making going into more and more shops around the coast and being part of something local.
The management at Hawkesbury Brewing Co have been really impressed with the people on the central coast. “We feel lucky to now be based on the Central Coast. The calibre of the people has been fantastic. Everyone is professional, works hard but still finds time for a laugh. There’s a real community aspect to our brewery now. We even have an Olympian working amount us in Erin, says Tim Best
For the Hawkesbury Brewing Co, this is really only the beginning. With the Tap house opening early in 2022 and a raft of events in the Calendar, they will continue to look at ways to expand and train their team.
“We’ve offered to pay for our brewery team to get their RSAs so in the future they can work in the Taphouse and support the events we’re involved in. It diversifies their skillsets and provides us with a multi-functional team. It’s a win win. We have even trained a team to produce custom branded T-shirts which we use as part of our marketing program.“
“We’re not the kind of business that sees people or roles as one dimensional. There is a lot of opportunity for people to learn and grow in this company if they put the work in and show initiative. This seems to come naturally to people on the central coast, so its symbiotic in a way…”
The Hawkesbury Brewing Co is based at 900 Pacific Highway Lisarow 2250. We pride ourselves for being brewery for the whole community and produce a wide range of award winning beers to suit every taste including alcoholic and non-alcoholic. Our beers can be purchased in over 100 locations on the Central Coast including Dan Murphys and BWS.