• Pictured left to right: Maia Toakley (Young Henrys Brewing) / Liz Bentley (Young Henrys Brewing) / Emma Elmslie (White Bay Brewing) / Carla Daunton (Young Henrys Brewing) / Yvette Symon (Local Drinks Collective) / Sion McGeechan (Philter Brewing) / Amy Ross (Young Henrys Brewing). Image: Young Henrys
    Pictured left to right: Maia Toakley (Young Henrys Brewing) / Liz Bentley (Young Henrys Brewing) / Emma Elmslie (White Bay Brewing) / Carla Daunton (Young Henrys Brewing) / Yvette Symon (Local Drinks Collective) / Sion McGeechan (Philter Brewing) / Amy Ross (Young Henrys Brewing). Image: Young Henrys
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The Young Henrys Brewing Scholarship is entering its third year. In partnership with The Crafty Pint, the scholarship covers all tuition fees for one student who is a female, female-identifying, or non-binary beer enthusiast enrolled in the 2024 TAFE NSW Brewing Course. 

The Young Henrys’ Brewing scholarship aims to create more opportunities in the brewery industry for women, and to showcase the unique and diverse career paths in the world of brewing and distilling.

Young Henrys has been funding one individual each year to attend the TAFE NSW Brewing course, Certificate III in Food Processing (Brewing). This initiative includes quarterly mentoring sessions led by their in-house experts such as head distiller Carla Daunton, head brewer Jesse Searls, and Rene Delmas, who oversees the Young Henrys lab. The scholarship recipient will also receive a pair of work boots supplied by Blundstone.

Daunton said the scholarship was created to reach those in the community who may not have considered a role in brewing before.

“We are genuinely passionate about the further diversification of the industry and are excited to be able to provide this opportunity,” said Daunton.

2023 scholarship recipient Kate Bell said the Young Henrys scholarship has made it easier for her to pursue her education.

“I’m so grateful for the support and understanding I’ve received in the industry. Women face many challenges these days; juggling family, careers, study, and more. It can be very stressful. Thankfully the industry is full of people who understand what it’s like to have multiple responsibilities,” said Bell.

The Crafty Pint founder James Smith said the business was always looking for ways to help the beer world become a more welcoming and supportive space.

“Whether that's through stories celebrating diversity, articles that spark discussion around issues impacting the industry, or involvement in events and awards such as this scholarship. There's much more to beer than the stereotypical blokes with beards, and initiatives such as this are a great way to both showcase and encourage the industry's inclusive nature,” said Smith.

TAFE NSW Laboratory and Life Sciences head teacher Jeanette Ramos said these types of scholarships were critical to help encourage more women to take up training.

“These scholarships are essential in encouraging women to join the industry to become skilled employees and eventually managers who will themselves encourage a more inclusive and gender balanced workplace. Working with the brewing industry, TAFE NSW and our experienced brewing teachers are proud to be part of creating the next generation of brewers,” said Ramos.

Despite women’s historical presence in brewing, the industry is largely male-dominated today. Young Henrys says it will remain steadfast in its support for the up and comers and the next generation of female, female-identifying and non-binary beer-makers.

The Young Henrys’ Brewing Scholarship recipient will be announced on International Women’s Day, 8 March 2024.

Applicants must be enrolled in the TAFE NSW Brewing course, Certificate III in Food Processing (Brewing) to apply for the Young Henrys Brewing Scholarship. Applications close on 29 February 2024.

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