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This Modern Apprenticeship equips employees in food and drink operations with the skills and knowledge they need. It’s suitable for those with little or no experience in the sector, and also for upskilling existing employees.

Qualifications

SCQF level 5

Your employee will study for one of the following qualifications at SQCF level 5:

  • Automated Plant Bakery Skills
  • Craft Bakery Skills
  • Brewing Skills
  • Dairy Skills
  • Distribution Skills
  • Fish and Shellfish Industry Skills
  • Food Sales and Services Skills
  • Livestock Market Droving Skills
  • Meat and poultry Skills
  • Production and Processing Skills
  • Food Manufacturing Excellence

Apprentices who choose one of these routes should also complete two short courses, which should be a minimum of 10 learning hours each.

Entry requirements

There are no specific routes into the Modern Apprenticeship in Food and Drink Operations at SCQF L5, although previous experience gained in the industry may be beneficial.

Progression and development

Once they complete their apprenticeship, your employees should be able to take on a range of roles in the food and drink operations sector. Suitable employees could also complete further SCQF level 6 units in the alternative pathways to extend the range of their skills and knowledge.

SCQF qualification levels explained

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SCQF level 6

Your employee will study for one of the following qualifications at SQCF level 6:

  • Bakery Skills
  • Fish and Shellfish Industry Skills
  • Meat and poultry Skills
  • Supply Chain Skills
  • Food and Drink Operations
  • Food Manufacturing Excellence

Apprentices who choose one of these routes should also complete two short courses, which should be a minimum of 10 learning hours each.

Alternatively, your apprentices could complete a joint qualification in Food and Drink Operations (Engineering Maintenance) SCQF level 6, and Performing Engineering Operations SCQF level 5. For this route, they must also complete a qualification in an engineering-related subject at SCQF level 5, 6 or 7.

Entry requirements

There are no specific entry qualifications for this Modern Apprenticeship but candidates are likely to have already completed the SCQF level 5 or have other relevant experience or qualifications.

Progression and development

Once they complete their apprenticeship, your employees should be able to take on a range of roles in the food and drink operations sector. Suitable employees could also complete further SCQF level 6 units in the alternative pathways to extend the range of their skills and knowledge.

SCQF qualification levels explained

Download the framework document

How is it funded?

We contribute towards training costs

We do this by paying the learning provider directly in incremental payments throughout the course of the apprenticeship.

Use our Modern Apprenticeship Contribution Table to work out the funding level for this framework.

An enhanced funding contribution is paid for employees who are aged 16 – 19. For those who are disabled and care-experienced, this is extended up to and including age 29.

Speak to a range of learning providers to find the best deal and agree on a flexible approach to meet the needs of your business.

Who pays the apprentice?

Like any other employee of your business, you’ll pay the Modern Apprentice's wages. This is not set by SDS, but we do encourage all employers to pay the living wage. Remember, you must pay at least the National Minimum Wage.

Time to complete

It will take between 12-24 months to complete.

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