Study an apprenticeship in food and drink operations and explore the innovative ways of producing the latest food and drink products.  

You could discover how to operate, maintain and fix food production machinery. You could learn baking skills, meat and poultry skills or fish skills. You could also learn about food manufacturing excellence and making sure food and drink meets the correct standards.  

There are lots of job opportunities in Scotland’s food and drink production sector. Become e a master baker, a chocolatier, a fishmonger, butcher, production manager or food production engineer. Whatever food and drink job you’re interested in, this modern apprenticeship will give you the skills to succeed.  

What's the qualification?

You will gain a food and drink operations qualification at SCQF level 5 or SCQF level 6Both qualifications include:  

  • core units of aSVQ in food and drink operations at SCQF level 5 or SCQF level 6 
  • both qualifications involve work experience

SCQF qualification levels explained

What will I learn?

During your apprenticeship, you'll learn how to:   

  • Monitor food safety at critical control points in food and drink operations 
  • Monitor health, safety and environmental systems in food manufacture 
  • Monitor and maintain product quality in food and drink operations  
  • Support commissioning of plant, equipment and processes in food manufacture 
  • Carry out sampling in food and drink operations  
  • Contribute to developing product specifications in food manufacture   

You will develop the following core skills:   

  • Communication  
  • Problem-solving   
  • Teamwork   
  • Time management   

These transferrable skills are useful for working in other roles like food production and supply chain operation.   

Where could it take me?

This Modern Apprenticeship gives you a variety of optionsCarry on your studies with a food science degree or go into full-time work.  

Further education: Improve your knowledge by studying for a bachelor’s degree in drink production. You could also go on to study for a higher qualification like a Masters or PH.D in a related field.   

Straight to work: Make the most of your qualifications by finding a job in food and drink operations. Several roles are listed below:

  • Food scientist    
  • Food technologist  
  • Baker 
  • Batcher 
  • Beverage scientist  
  • Mixer operator  
  • Drink production operator   

Entry requirements

There are no formal requirements for this apprenticeship. However, it is good to have an interest in the food and drinks operation field.   


The Modern Apprenticeship will take between 12-24 months to complete.   

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