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Food and drink process operator

Working on food and drink production lines within food manufacturing plants and businesses.

Summary of this apprenticeship standard


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

None specified.

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

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