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Food and drink advanced process operator

Supervising work on food and drink production lines within food manufacturing plants and businesses.

Summary of this apprenticeship standard


3 (equivalent to A levels at grades A to E)

Typical length
24 months
Current funding band
Up to £9,000 per apprentice.
More information about funding
Entry requirements

Set by employer.

Candidates will usually have GCSEs at grade D to G (or equivalent) - including English and maths.

What apprentices will learn
  • advanced food and drink processing principles - including good manufacturing processes (GMP), multi-stage operations, standard operating procedures (SOPs), stock control and waste minimisation
  • advanced food and drink processing practices - including managing incidents, developing new products, implementing SOPs, routine and preventative maintenance and quality control testing
  • business management - including understanding business vision and values, internal and external customers and profitability and commercial awareness
  • continuous improvement - including using data and identifying trends and evaluating and improving productivity and performance
  • leadership and management - including building relationships, leading teams and by example, training, mentoring and buddying and communicating effectively at all levels
  • health and safety practices and legislation within a food production environment - including food safety, hygiene standards and hazard analysis and critical control points (HACCP)
  • level 3 qualification in food and drink advanced operations (in development)

Before taking their end-point assessment apprentices must:

  • achieve level 2 English and maths (equivalent to GCSEs at grades A* to C)
Professional registration

None specified.

End-Point Assessment
View a list of end-point assessment organisations for this standard
Organisation Phone Number Email
Allsup&Dale limited
FDQ Ltd 0113 3970321
Occupational Awards Limited 01235 432 032
More Information

The Institute for Apprenticeships and Technical Education has more detailed information about this apprenticeship.