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New Apprenticeship Standards

Food and Drink (Manufacturing) Apprenticeships

The apprenticeship in Food and Drink provides access to a high quality skills programme as an alternative to an academic qualification for the food manufacturing/production .

The apprenticeship is available at intermediate (normally associated with operative level learners) or advanced level (normally associated with key operatives, team leaders).

The  apprenticeship is available for different sectors of the food industry as different pathways are available:

    • Pathway 1 Meat & Poultry
    • Pathway 2 Baking
    • Pathway 4 Food Industry Skills
    • Pathway 5 Food Manufacturing Excellence

There are 5 elements to the apprenticeship required to be completed:

Level 2 NVQ Certificate for Proficiency in e.g. Food Industry Skills
The Level 2 Certificate is a practical work-based qualification that is recognised by employers throughout the UK. The NVQ Certificate is to encourage people to prove they have sharpened skills, knowledge and understanding in all aspects of their job. 

Functional Skills in English & Mathematics
Two of the important elements of the Apprenticeship is to sharpen the Math skills used in industry and required in a career in the food and drink sector. An assessor is appointed to support and guide the apprentice in Mathematics, English speaking, writing and reading. 

Employment Rights & Responsibilities (ERR)
This element of the apprenticeship ensures the apprentice knows and understands the range of employer and employee statutory rights and responsibilities under employment law and that employment rights and responsibilities can be affected by other legislation as well. This will cover the Health & Safety, Disability Discrimination Act, similar equalities legislation together with the duties of employers. Procedures and documentation which they will recognise and protects the apprentice’ relationship with the employer, including health & safety, equality and diversity training is part of the apprentice’s training. The role they play in their own job role in their own organisation and in the food manufacturing industry.

Apprenticeship Delivery

Apprentices are provided with their own access to their own e-portfolio for their apprenticeship programme. The portfolio contains the learning materials needed to meet the assessment requirements. The assessor visits regularly to guide and support each learner through their apprenticeship. The assessor works with each apprentice observing them working to the company procedures, building their knowledge and skills building evidence which is then referenced to the required criteria in their own e-portfolio. Apprentices are assessed and supported throughout the learning and assessment of the apprenticeship process.
In between the assessment visits the learner is required to complete work agreed with the assessor. The work can be submitted to the assessor by email through the e-portfolio system. Regular progress can be seen by the employer via the access they are given to each apprentice’s e portfolio.

The minimum time of one year gives the apprentice the time to complete the full learning programme with the minimum disruption in the production environment.

Progression Opportunities
The apprenticeship aims to provide a sound preparation for further career progression perhaps leading to the Advanced Apprenticeship in Food and Drink. The advanced apprentice should be working as a lead operative, supervisor or higher.
Pathway 1 Meat & Poultry
Pathway 2 Baking
Pathway 3 Food Industry Skills & Technical Management
Pathway 4 Food Manufacturing Excellence
Pathway 5 Fresh Produce

The Higher Apprenticeship in Food & Drink

The higher level apprenticeship has the pathway 1: Food Manufacturing Excellence. Further information is available upon request.

The Main Element Level 2 Certificate for Proficiency in Food Industry Skills – Choice of Units
To achieve the main element of the apprenticeship the Level 2 NVQ Certificate for Proficiency in Food Industry Skills, must be achieved. A minimum of 27 Credits meeting the following combination of credits from each of the Unit groups. This is referred to as the 'Rules of Combination'. The choice of units available for the level 2 NVQ Certificate for Proficiency in Food Industry Skills are listed below.