Food and Drink Operations

Modern Apprenticeship



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.

Apprenticeship framework(s)

Your employee will study for a Modern Apprenticeship at SCQF Level 5 or 6.

Each apprentice will choose a 'route' which they study in depth. They'll also be expected to complete 2 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, Level 6 or Level 7.

Select each level to see the framework document and qualification(s) at that level.

Entry requirements

SCQF Level 5

There are no specific routes into the Modern Apprenticeship in Food and Drink Operations at SCQF Level 5, although previous experience gained in the industry may be beneficial.

SCQF Level 6

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.

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How does it work?

Apprentices will learn in a real-world environment and earn a wage. They’ll also study with a college or other learning provider.

Cost and funding

We contribute towards training costs

We do this by paying the learning provider throughout the apprenticeship.

The training contribution calculator will show you our funding contribution for this framework.

An enhanced funding contribution is paid for employees aged 16 to 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 your business needs.

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 encourage all employers to pay the Living Wage. Remember, you must pay at least the National Minimum Wage.

How long will it take?

It will take between 12 and 24 months to complete.

Need information or advice?

Call our advisors to find out more about Modern Apprenticeships.

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Sounds right for your business?

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

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