Our history, your future
After 170 years of brewing, Fuller's has certainly learned a thing or two about developing raw ingredients into finished articles. And that applies to our people every bit as much as it applies to our beers.
So for graduates leaving university and looking to shape a successful career with an established, growing British business, there's no better place to be than Fuller's.
With a number of diverse departments at the brewery, plus a network of more than 400 pubs and hotels, there's a wealth of opportunities here right across the business. That's why we offer two graduate schemes – a core Graduate Development Programme for future leaders of the business, and a Fast Track scheme for potential pub managers.
On both schemes, great things can happen very quickly...
Graduate Development Programme
The Graduate Development Programme seeks out our senior managers of the future, providing a brilliant platform for progression. It's a unique, flexible programme that introduces you to a wide range of roles across the brewery to find the future that's right for you.
That might be in marketing, distribution, energy and environment or perhaps even in the brew house itself, brewing our famous, award-winning beers.
Whatever your aspirations, the Fuller's Graduate Development Programme gives you all the support you need to make things happen. Build your leadership and management credentials through a series of training and development modules, and learn from the senior manager who will act as your personal mentor.
You'll also have a graduate buddy for support – someone who's been there, done that and knows exactly how the programme works. They'll help you settle in to life at Fuller's, and set you on the road to success.
Fast Track to Pub Management
If you see your future behind the bar rather than at the brewery, our Fast Track to Pub Management Programme is made for you. The two-to-three-year course gives you all the practical, people-managing and business skills you need to run one of our unique pubs, and make it your own.
Programmes begin in October of each year and involve a structured training course, alongside a number of pub placements. At the end of the programme you could be managing your very own business with an annual turnover of over £1 million.
This year's Fast Track to Pub Management Programme is open for applications from March 2015. Please return to this page to apply.
Graduate stories: Jo West
I joined Fuller's graduate scheme in 2011, after leaving Bristol University with a degree in Biochemistry. I knew I wanted to join a food and drinks production company – and Fuller's really stood out to me.
I always thought I'd end up on the production side, but the graduate scheme gave me the opportunity to see different aspects of the business before settling into a full-time role. During my two years on the scheme I worked in the Environmental Green Team, Beer Co Operations and Brand Marketing. In each of my placements I was given a meaningful role with real responsibility – but support was always available if I needed it.
Now, I've progressed to a full-time role as a Projects Team Leader based in the Engineering department. This role involves coordinating all the capital projects within the brewery, from minor equipment upgrades to major expansion works.
What's the best thing about the Fuller's graduate scheme?
With only two or three graduates taken on each year, you are treated as individuals and have real input into what roles you take on. Plus, it's the kind of place where you genuinely learn something new every day – and that makes it a really rewarding place to work.
Any advice for graduates applying?
I think Fuller's want to see your personality and your passion for the role. Make sure you understand the values of the company and that they are the right fit for you. Recruitment is a two way process so make sure you use the process to find out as much as you can about the role and the company.
Graduate stories: Jenny Oates
Having joined in September 2013, I'm one of the newer graduates at Fuller's.
I chose the Fuller's graduate development scheme for three main reasons. Firstly, I have a huge passion for pubs, gained over many years of bar work at various pubs, and a stint managing my university bar.
Secondly, the breadth of experience offered on the scheme really attracted me – and last but not least, Fuller's has a reputation as a family oriented, quality-focused business. I wanted a career with a company which had some personality, and Fuller's has certainly lived up to that expectation so far.
What did you study at university?
I studied Geology at Cambridge – and although I don't use a huge amount of my rock-knowledge at Fuller's, the transferable skills I learned on field trips, and through the process of writing my dissertation have proved really useful.
What's the best thing about working at Fuller's (so far)?
The positive, “can-do” attitude. Generally, people go out of their way to try and make things happen, and being surrounded by hardworking, dedicated colleagues is infectious. It makes going to work exciting.
If you were a Fuller's beer, what would you be?
London Porter. Rich, dark, complex – and likely to smell of coffee.
Graduate stories: Ben Sedgwick
I started at Fuller's in September 2012 following my Civil Engineering degree at Cardiff University. My first placement was in Operations, followed by roles in Marketing, our Service Academy and Sales. It's been great experience, and has helped paint a picture of how different areas of the business impact upon each other.
What's your latest role like?
I'm involved with finding, organising and executing a series of events that appeal to the Frontier target consumer, and selling it to a national pub chain. That means visiting pop-up cinemas, art events and street food festivals as part of my job – can't be bad!
Why did you choose Fuller's?
The history, heritage and company values played a big part in my choice – but it was also down to the diversity of experience available.
If you were a Fuller's beer, what would you be?
Frontier, our new craft lager. It's a great introduction to Fuller's - just like this graduate programme.