Food and Drink Process Operator

Level 2 Apprenticeship

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The Food and Drink Industry is one of the largest, most dynamic and fastest growing sectors of industry.Working in the food manufacturing sector means you could be employed by a company that specialises in one type of product or a range of product types.

While studying this apprenticeship, you will learn to use a range of equipment, handling food safely and hygienically and to quality standards by working on production lines within the manufacturing plant. You will gain a solid grounding in most aspects of food production and manufacturing and have a good level of product knowledge. 

Within the apprenticeship there is a Level 2 Diploma in Food and Drink Operator (12 to 18 months) that needs to be completed and passed before the end point assessment.

Course Content:
  • Food and drink processing principles
  • Food and drink processing practices
  • Quality control
  • Conituous improvement
  • Team working
  • Health & safety practices and legislation within a food production environment

Course details

Dates & Location

Coming soon


18 months, 1 day a week.


Non-levy paying employers will share the cost of training and assessing their apprentices with government - this is called ‘co-investment’.

From April 2019, you will pay 5% towards to the cost of apprenticeship training and government will pay the rest (95%), up to the funding band maximum.

Entry Requirements

You will need an employer who would like to take you on as an apprentice. If you haven't found a suitable employer, we will offer you guidance on applying for jobs and interviewing techniques.

You will also attend college for a minimum number of set hours each week. 

You will have ideally have achieved GCSE grades A-E or equivalent. If you have an equivalent qualification, we will also take this into consideration, along with any industry experience you may have. 


You'll have access to our Dairy Processing Unit, our own onsite production unit where we pasteurize milk and produce various cheeses, yogurts and ice-cream. As well as this, we also have access to a fully functioning bakery. 

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