The food and drink industry is dynamic, fast-paced and high-tech – not to mention well paid. With plenty of exciting opportunities for progression, and roles that require varying levels of responsibility, your career path could go in one of many directions. It’s really down to you.
As an Advanced Process Operator, you can work in any part of the industry and you will develop an in-depth knowledge of food and drink products, health and safety systems, quality systems and good manufacturing processes.
Our Advanced Process Operator Apprenticeship has been designed and approved by the food and drink industry to give you the specific skills, knowledge and experience they’re looking for. So once you qualify, you’ll have a solid foundation to take your career as far as you like.
Because this role requires you to understand every aspect of the food and drink manufacturing process, your training will include classroom work as well as plenty of on-the-job learning. The sought-after combination of industry and technical skills you’ll acquire will make you a huge asset to your employer.
If you like variety and a fast-moving environment, are quick to adapt and have a knack at spotting improvements then you’ll excel in this job. You should enjoy working as part of a team, ultimately wanting to support others to make positive changes.
It’s also important that you like to achieve results, as you’ll be encouraged to measure and use data to support any new approaches you come up with.
Earn while you learn
Throughout your Apprenticeship you’ll benefit from both classroom and on-the-job teaching – and get paid to train. You’ll start on around £16,000 in your first year, which will rise to around £20,00 in your last year. So you won’t need a loan or build up debts while you study.
Qualified apprentices can look forward to an average starting salary of £34,000.
As part of your studies, you’ll learn about the principles of good food and drink manufacturing practice, and how quality can be developed and maintained. You’ll learn all about food science, planning and the supply chain – as well as practical applications such as asset care and multistage operations – in order to develop a well-rounded understanding of your environment. You’ll even get to see how new products are introduced and manufactured, and discover how to optimise them.
On the way to achieving your Apprenticeship, you will acquire an L3 Diploma in Food and Drink Operations – a qualification that’s recognised and designed by the industry. You'll also achieve other industry qualifications, such as an L3 Award in Food Safety, and a L3 Award in HACCP, which will really help to boost your CV.