Food and drink process operator
Working on food and drink production lines within food manufacturing plants and businesses.
2 (equivalent to GCSEs at grades A* to C)
- Typical length
- 30 months
- Current funding band
Up to £5,000 per apprentice.
More information about funding
- Entry requirements
Set by employer.
Candidates will usually have achieved a minimum of entry level 3 in English and maths.
- What apprentices will learn
- food and drink processing principles - including food safety and quality standards, product origins, standard operating procedures (SOPs) and supply chains
- food and drink processing practices - including handling products, handovers to colleagues, using and cleaning equipment, basic fault finding, problem solving and escalating issues
- continuous improvement - including monitoring quality, interpreting and acting upon performance data and identifying opportunities for improvement
- team working - including building relationships, listening and communicating effectively with others and giving and receiving feedback
- 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 2 qualification for food and drink operators (in development)
Before taking their end-point assessment apprentices must:
- achieve level 1 English and maths (equivalent to GCSEs at grades D to G)
- take the test for level 2 English and maths (equivalent to GCSEs at grades A* to C)
- Professional registration
- End-Point Assessment
- More Information
The Institute for Apprenticeships and Technical Education has more detailed information about this apprenticeship.