Food and Drink Process Operator

Food and drink process operators work in manufacturing, one of the largest and fastest growing sectors in the food and drink industry.


Level 2 or 3.

Duration of the course

18-24 months

What qualifications will the apprentice gain?

  • Level 2 or 3 Advanced Apprenticeship in Food and Drink Process Operator
  • Functional Skills or GCSE in English and Maths depending on previous qualifications

Study Information

  • 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)
  • Functional Skills or GCSE in English and Maths depending on previous qualifications

How much will this course cost?

Apprenticeships are funded through government and employer contributions. If the apprentice is:

  • 16-18 working for a small business (<50) their training will be fully funded*
  • 19+ or working for a Medium size business (50+) an employer contribution may be required
  • Working for a large business or organisation (Payroll of £3m+) training is funded from employers Digital Apprenticeship Service Account
    *small businesses who employ an apprentice between 16-18 may be eligible to receive a financial government incentive


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