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This apprenticeship provides a structured career path for employees in the food and drink sector. It gives them a deeper understanding of the scientific and technical aspects of the industry and helps them take on more complex roles. The qualification covers areas like food business, food manufacture, food safety hazards and health, safety and environmental management. 

The qualification

SCQF level 6

Your employee will complete a qualification in Food Technology at SCQF level 6.

Entry requirements

There are no specific routes into the Modern Apprenticeship in Food and Drink Technical at SCQF level 6, although previous experience gained in the industry may be beneficial.

Progression and development

Once they complete their apprenticeship, candidates could help improve productivity and increase the competitiveness of their employer. Potential roles include:

  • Food technologist
  • Product development technologist
  • Quality supervisor
  • Quality Auditor

Employees could also carry out the Food and Drink Operations Modern Apprenticeship SCQF level 6 or progress into higher education. 

SCQF qualifications 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.

See training contribution calculator below to determine funding contribution 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 around 24 months to complete.

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Sound right for your business?

The next step is to find a learning provider that offers this apprenticeship.

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Need a little more information or advice?

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