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Apprenticeship Standard - Level 3 Food and Drink Technical Operator

Course Name 
Apprenticeship Standard - Level 3 Food and Drink Technical OperatorAvailable for applications
Course Details
Location Wakefield College
Location Workplace
Level Level 3
Start Date Flexible
Duration 30-36 month
Mode of Study Apprenticeship
Awarding Body OAL
Course Overview Technical Operators work in the manufacturing sector of the food and drink industry. They typically work on production lines in manufacturing plants, but will spend some time offline while working on activities such as new product development. They have both knowledge and skills in preventative maintenance activities and Continuous Improvement (CI) techniques, which are essential to maintaining and improving productivity in food and drink manufacturing sites.
What you will Study

At the end of the programme apprentices will be able to:

• understand health and safety systems, quality systems and Good Manufacturing Processes (GMP)
• interrogate data to identify trends
• carry out basic fault finding
• carry out routine and specialist maintenance of equipment
• participate in external audits
• contribute to the development and improvement of quality controls
• work as an effective member of a team and exhibit strong communication skills.

In addition apprentices will have developed an understanding of continuous improvement processes used in the industry.

How you will Learn

You may attend college to cover some modular sessions.

You will have regular meetings with your assessor approx. every 4 – 6 weeks and gain technical experience on the job.

How you will be Assessed Learners must achieve all KSB (knowledge, skills, Behaviours) standards to enter Gateway for EPA (End Point Assessment). The KSB set out what learners need to know and need to do in order to perform effectively in their role at work. These are described in learning outcomes in units of assessment.
Entry Requirements Apprentices without English and maths at level 2 must achieve level 2 English and maths prior to taking their end-point assessment.
Attendance Expectations There may be a requirement to attend some sessions notification will be given in advance of these. You will be expected to meet with your assessor every 6 – 8 weeks.
Fee Information

There are no costs to students aged between 16 and 18.

For cost to students aged 19 and over please contact the Business Development Unit on 01924 789469 for details.

Further Study

On completion of this qualification learners will be in an advantageous position to consider a Higher Level Apprenticeship (level 4/5).

Apprenticeships that should be considered include:

• Management Apprenticeship
• Food Technologist.

Career Opportunities On completion of this programme, individuals may progress into technical or leadership roles. This apprenticeship is an ideal springboard for potential future leaders of the food and drink industry.
How to Apply

Please complete an apprenticeship application form or email your CV and Date of Birth to

If you require an application form please contact Course Information on 01924 789111

For Further Details

For further information on the course costs for this apprenticeship, please contact the Business Development Team on 01924 789761 or

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Course Groups (W) Apprenticeship
Subject Area (W) Hospitality & Catering
Client Group (W) 16-18
Client Group (W) Apprenticeships
Client Group (W) 19+
Search Ref (W) 59322
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Information last amended: 21 September 2023 10:42

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