What's Food and Drink Technologies like?

Careers in the food and drink sector are as diverse as the food we eat! A Foundation Apprenticeship in Food and Drink Technologies can help you to move into an inspiring industry.

You could work in areas such as:

  • food and drink science
  • new product development
  • technology and manufacturing
  • nutrition
  • design and marketing 

Some possible jobs could be:

  • baker
  • confectioner
  • quality assurance operative
  • productivity technician
  • production control operative

What's the qualification?

You’ll gain a Foundation Apprenticeship in Food and Drink Technologies. That's the same level of learning as an SQA Higher, which is SCQF Level 6. It includes:

  • a National Progression Award (NPA) in Food Manufacturing at SCQF Level 6
  • awards in Health & Safety and Food Hygiene at SCQF Level 5
  • core units of an SVQ in Food and Drink Operations at SCQF Level 6
  • a substantial work placement

SCQF qualification levels explained

What will I learn?

Your National Progression Award (NPA) will cover topics such as:

  • Food Manufacturing: Fundamentals of Food Science
  • Food Manufacturing: Food Production
  • Food Manufacturing: Commercial and Social Drivers
  • Food Manufacturing: Sustainability
  • Elementary Food Hygiene
  • Elementary Health and Safety

Your learning will be a blend of hands-onpractical and virtual workYou'll: 

  • respond to challenges set by leading employers in the industry 
  • present your ideas on new products to industry experts 
  • be entrepreneurial with your product development and marketing ideas 
  • develop and invent new products 
  • include current, sustainable industry practices  
  • pitch your product and solutions to employers 

Your Foundation Apprenticeship will also help you to develop meta-skills. Employers value these skills, which include:

  • communication
  • problem-solving
  • working with others
  • time management

You'll need these transferable skills for working in a range of other related jobs.

Where could it take me?

Your Foundation Apprenticeship gives you lots of options, including:

  • Modern Apprenticeship: When you complete your Foundation Apprenticeship, you’ll have achieved core units of the Food and Drink Operations Modern Apprenticeship at SCQF Level 6. If you choose this route, you’ll have a head start in your career.

  • further education: Continue your studies with an HNC or Diploma in Food Science and Technology or related subjects. Your workplace experience will support your college application.

  • university: All Scottish universities recognise Foundation Apprenticeships as equal to SQA Highers. You’ll already have experience in the industry – this will make your UCAS stand out from the crowd. This apprenticeship also provides you with 42 UCAS tariff points. Find out more about points on the UCAS website

  • straight to a job: Use your qualification and work experience to find a job in the food and drink industry. These could include baker, confectioner or productivity technician.

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How will it work?

You'll do the Foundation Apprenticeship alongside your other school subjects. You'll work on projects with an employer and a learning provider, such as a college. It'll give you an industry-recognised qualification that's great for your CV.

Read our Food and Drink Technologies Foundation Apprenticeship info to see how it all works!

How can I apply?

If you're staying on at school, you can apply for a Foundation Apprenticeship.

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