Food and Drink Manufacturing Apprenticeships

The Growth Company and The Manufacturing Institute have a long and proud history of producing high quality, practically trained apprentices and developing the skills of teams in businesses of all sizes from the shop floor to the boardroom.

18-24 months

Course Overview

The Growth Company and The Manufacturing Institute have a long and proud history of producing high quality, practically trained apprentices and developing the skills of teams in businesses of all sizes from the shop floor to the boardroom.

We have joined forces to offer new food & drink manufacturing apprenticeships which can be delivered to new employees or used to upskill your existing teams.

Level 2 Food & Drink Process Operator

Once completed, process operators will be able to carry out production operations using a range of equipment, carry out basic fault finding on equipment they work with, handle food products safely and hygienically and follow Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) to maintain quality and to ensure products meet customer requirements.

Process Operators will also have developed an understanding of continuous improvement processes used in the industry, will know when it is appropriate to escalate technical issues to a specialist or more senior member of staff,  understand food safety and its importance to the industry, and will be effective communicators who are able to work well with others. They will have a solid grounding in most aspects of food production and manufacturing and have a good level of product knowledge.

Level 3 Food & Drink Advanced Process Operator

This apprenticeship is an ideal spring board for potential future leaders of the food and drink industry. Once completed, advanced process operators will have both knowledge and skills in preventative maintenance activities and continuous improvement (CI) techniques, which are essential to maintaining and improving productivity at food and drink manufacturing sites. They will also be able to evaluate and make improvements to safety, quality and performance in a food and drink manufacturing environment, and develop an in-depth knowledge of food and drink products, health and safety systems, quality systems and Good Manufacturing Processes (GMP).

They will be trained to interrogate and interpret data to identify trends and carry out basic fault finding and develop skills in leadership and management - allowing progress to more advanced technical or leadership roles.

Employer benefits

  • A leaner, more efficient workplace where costs and waste are reduced
  • Improved productivity and performance
  • Better employee retention, teamwork and motivation
  • Show current and prospective customers you are investing in your people and quality improvements

Employee benefits

  • New knowledge and skills
  • Nationally-recognised qualifications
  • A great career development opportunity
  • Improved morale and better job satisfaction

Delivery

Typical duration for both the level 2 & 3 apprenticeship is between 18-24 months.

Workplace assessments and observations, typically every 8-10 weeks - although all sessions can be timed around changing shift patterns or night shifts.

 20% off the job technical training is delivered by sector specific, experienced trainers with additional online support available.

We include individual assessment and development of maths and English skills where required.

Funding: We are an approved government training provider within the engineering and advanced manufacturing sectors and have funding opportunities available. If you are an employer with over £3m payroll, we are an approved training provider to utilise your Levy funds. If your payroll is under £3m, we also have a funding contract to help you.

Recruitment: If you would like to recruit a food & drink manufacturing apprentice, and have a suitable vacancy, we offer a free professional recruitment service as part of the apprenticeship programme.

Why choose us? All the food & drink manufacturing apprenticeships will be delivered by manufacturing professionals who have worked at very senior levels throughout the sector.

They have in-depth knowledge and experience of implementing operational effectiveness to world class standards, delivering proven results for employers including increases in productivity and cost savings.

We also have a wide range of engineering, office based and management apprenticeship programmes available. 

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