For anyone looking to pursue a career as a scientist, technologist or engineer, the Food and Drink sector offers a great range of challenging and rewarding opportunities which include speedy pathways to promotion. As a food scientist, a food technologist or product designer, you could help create the products of the future. And, there’s a growing demand for engineering roles like agricultural engineer, electrical engineer and mechanical engineer within the industry.
There continues to be significant career opportunities across all occupations within the Food and Drink sector, the biggest in Scotland. We’ll always need food, so there will always be jobs! The sector will need 19,000 bright and highly trained new recruits by 2024 to meet skills needs, and by working towards the Foundation Apprenticeship in Food and Drink Technologies, you can be part of it.
You’ll gain a Foundation Apprenticeship in Food and Drink Technologies, which is the same level of learning as an SQA Higher (SCQF level 6).
Your National Progression Award (NPA) will cover topics like:
Your learning will be hands-on, reflecting the practical nature of food manufacturing and the SVQ units will be assessed when you are in a work placement. During this time, you’ll learn how to:
Your Foundation Apprenticeship will also help you to develop core skills valued by employers, particularly:
These transferable skills are necessary and highly desirable for working in a range of other related jobs.
Your Foundation Apprenticeship gives you lots of options: it’s up to you where you go next.
You'll complete your Foundation Apprenticeship at school, alongside your other subjects. You'll spend time learning at a learning provider, such as a college, and with an employer on a practical work placement. It'll give your career a head-start, and look great on your CV.
If you're staying on at school, you can apply for a Foundation Apprenticeship.
First, use the search tool at the bottom of the page to find out if this subject is available at your school. Next, fill out the form to let us know you're interested, and we'll get back to you with more information.