Food and Drink Advanced Process Operator Level 3 Apprenticeship - Bridgwater & Taunton College

Course Overview

Food and Drink Advanced Process Operators work in one of the largest, most dynamic and fastest growing sectors of industry. Every day, producers, manufacturers and retailers make and sell millions of innovative food products to consumers in the UK and around the world. This includes drinks, cakes, biscuits, ready-to-eat and ready-to-cook food, sandwiches, wraps, fresh fruit and salads. It is imperative that apprentices in the industry have the skills and knowledge to ensure our food products, which millions of people consume every day, are safe.

Advanced Operators work in the manufacturing sector of the food and drink industry. They typically work on production lines in manufacturing plants, but will spend some time offline while working on activities such as new product development.

Whichever part of the industry they choose to work in, on completion of this programme, the individual will be able to evaluate and make improvements to safety, quality and performance in a food and drink manufacturing environment.

Assessment Methods

The Apprenticeship is assessed in the workplace by a competent Assessor who has specific sector knowledge. A portfolio will be built using various assessment methods.  Only once all elements of the Apprenticeship have been completed will you be eligible for end point assessment.

Functional Skills (English and maths) will be achieved by studying the content of the syllabus and passing on-line exams (if required).

Progression Options

On completion of this programme, individuals may progress into more advanced technical or leadership roles. This apprenticeship is an ideal spring board for potential future leaders of the food and drink industry.

Course Summary

Course Title Food and Drink Advanced Process Operator Level 3 Apprenticeship
Entry Requirements

Apprentices are required to complete a Level 2
Diploma in Food and Drink Operations qualification prior to taking the end-point
assessment for the apprenticeship.

Employers will set their own criteria, but
typically an entrant to this Apprenticeship will
already have achieved a minimum of Level 1 in English
and Maths.

In order to carry out an Apprenticeship you must be in a real work
environment, carrying out duties provided by your employer which will support
your develop you in Food production.  The apprenticeship will last between
18-24 months depending on your opportunities to provide evidence and undertake
end point assessment.

During a college interview, your Assessor will discuss how best you can
obtain a position.  There may be organisations that the college is working
with who are looking for an apprentice that you could apply for a position with
or you may prefer to approach an organisation of your

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I found the entire experience of studying my Level 2 course really rewarding, that I decided to further my knowledge by completing a Level 3 course. I’m continually learning new skills and it’s really helping my professional development in the workplace.

Amanda, ILM Leadership & Management Level 3

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