Co-designed with employers, this Foundation Apprenticeship will help school pupils develop the skills they need to enter a career in the food and drink industry.

The qualification

SCQF Level 6

The Foundation Apprenticeship in Food and Drink Technologies includes:

  • A National Progression Award (NPA) in Food Manufacturing at SCQF level 6
  • Awards in Health & Safety and Food Hygiene at SCQF level 5
  • Five units of an SVQ in Food and Drink Operations at SCQF level 6
  • A substantial work placement

Example of course units include:

  • NPA
    - Food manufacturing: fundamentals of food science
    - Food manufacturing: food production
  • SCQF Units
    - Interpret and communicate information and data in food and drink operations
    - Contribute to continuous improvement of food safety in manufacture
Entry requirements

Pupils should have a good level of English and maths, as well as an interest and motivation to succeed within the food and drink sector. They should also have good communication and team working skills.

Potential apprentices are selected by their school and will undertake a recruitment process arranged by the learning provider. Employers are encouraged to get involved in this process.


Progression and development

Pupils will form the skills, knowledge, and competence to progress to employment in the food and drink sector via a Modern Apprenticeship, further vocational training or academic study.

If you’re looking to hire, the Foundation Apprenticeship offers you an opportunity to spot talented pupils and assess their skills over a longer period than a regular interview process would allow.

SCQF qualification levels explained

Download the framework document

Your role

As an employer, you can decide what level of involvement you have in the Foundation Apprenticeship programme. You can discuss this with the learning provider you’re working with.

There’s no financial cost to you as an employer because the learner is still at school. However, the investment of your time: great or small, can bring you lasting rewards with access to talented and driven young people for your workplace.

The work placement

Pupils study a Foundation Apprenticeship as one of their school subjects usually over fifth and sixth year.

During this apprenticeship each pupil must complete a work placement of approximately a day a week in S6 with employers in the food and drink industry. Involvement with industry and employers is encouraged from the start of the programme.

The placement experience supports learners to build evidence needed to complete the units from the SVQ. Block placements can also be arranged to suit your business needs.

For further information on suggested activities that could be scheduled across S5 and S6 for the Foundation Apprenticeship in Food and Drink Technologies, please refer to the framework document.

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