For Bar Manager Degree Employers

Push your business to change, grow and expand with a Bar Manager Degree Apprentice.

"The Irish bar trade is synonymous across the world with great service and superb personal engagement. This is all thanks to the people in the sector. It is a people-rich and people-dependent business.

This programme is designed to assist those engaged in the sector to improve their professional skills and qualifications and, as a result, enhance their career progression. In doing that it will help to further increase the standards within the sector, the quality of service to the consumer and the reputation of the country as a truly world-class tourist destination.

Hospitality and Food Apprenticeships

The VFI fully supports this programme as a means to providing an increased pool of well-trained, suitably qualified managers and thereby facilitate the growth of individual business and the sector as a whole."

- Padraig Cribben, Chief Executive Vintners’ Federation of Ireland

Generation Apprenticeship announces welcome increase in the Employer Grant scheme.

This BA in Bar Management aims to develop compliant, confident and effective bar managers who can work autonomously and manage all aspects of a bar trade while delivering an excellent consistent customer and staff experience.

The programme aims to provide learners with the range of integrated skills required to operate a compliant bar trade including:

  • an understanding of the legal and regulatory framework
  • leadership and management skills
  • food and beverage knowledge 
  • commercial skills
  • finance, marketing, human resource management, communications, and personal development.

The programme aims to develop independent expert learners who are purposeful & motivated, resourceful and knowledgeable, and strategic and goal-directed.

Graduates will be able to take senior positions as bar managers nationally and internationally in the licensed trade, hotels and other food and beverage retail outlets. These roles are becoming more available with the advent of the larger bar trade groupings.

Representatives from across the licensed trade have developed this programme to respond to the challenges the sector is facing due to the pandemic, to assist with the recovery and to help the sector thrive in the future.

It is vital for the sector's recovery that it develops entrepreneurial bar managers who are creative and adaptive.



The programme is a three-year degree apprenticeship with one day a week in the classroom for 30 weeks per annum.


This apprenticeship leads to a Bachelor of Arts in Bar Management.


Year One Year Two Year Three
Licensing Law Principles of Marketing Leadership and Management
Bar Environment and Equipment Managing People Food and Beverage Management
Communications Menu Management HR Management
Food Safety Retail Marketing Effective Procurement
Food and Beverage Products and Service Bar Legal and Regulatory Framework including (RSA) Marketing Management
Personal and Professional Development Management Accounting Business Development Project
Customer Services Bar Management  
Occupational Health and Safety Business Development Skills  
Stock Management Event Management  
Accounting Fundamentals    

Workplace Mentors

Workplace mentors are supported with a National Framework of Qualifications (NFQ) Level 7 Certificate in Workplace Mentoring (5 ECTS).


The consortium steering group’s coordination provider Griffith College has applied to QQI for validation of the programme.

Learn more

To find out more about apprenticeships in Ireland visit Generation Apprenticeship

The employer will need to:

  • Be willing to employ their apprentice for at least the three years duration of the apprenticeship
  • Appoint a suitably qualified workplace mentor to support the apprentice over the duration of the apprenticeship
  • Release the mentor for a short period of training at the commencement of the programme each year
  • Carry out an annual appraisal of the workplace mentor’s mentorship skills
  • Register with SOLAS Generation Apprenticeship to become an approved employer
  • Work collaboratively and effectively with Griffith College the academic provider to deliver the programme
  • Provide the apprentices with the opportunity to practice all the learning outcomes of the programme
  • Release the apprentice from the workplace for the classroom sessions out of their working week
  • Commit to and sign the Apprenticeship Code of Practice for Employers and Apprentices

A pro rata third level student fee for the programme will apply per annum

All other tuition fees are funded by the government.

You will need to register your interest for the programme on the Griffith College website.


The advantages are:

  • Key employee retention for the duration of the programme
  • Increased loyalty and motivation for apprentices to stay based on your investment in their training
  • Introduction of new knowledge, skills and competencies to your workplace with a movement towards becoming a learning organisation
  • Apprentices can bring fresh perspectives and dynamics to a team and share their new learning with colleagues
  • Improved productivity
  • Enhanced quality of customer service
  • Marketing advantage in being able to show you are actively supporting staff training
  • Increased motivation in the staff team

You can find further information on apprenticeships by visiting

Once you are an approved employer for the delivery of the programme you are encouraged to advertise for apprentices using the Generation Apprenticeship Jobs Portal.

Questions? Email our Apprenticeships team or call the college at +353 1 415 0400