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Jemma Green — Food Technologist Degree Apprentice / Process Support Technologist (Mat. Cover)

Name: Jemma Green
Job title: Food Technologist Degree Apprentice / Process Support Technologist (Mat. Cover)
Employer: Premier Foods
Qualification: GCSE & A Level so far – currently completing Level 6 Apprenticeship & BSC Hons Degree in Food Science and Technology.
Salary Range: Competitive for Apprentice Level

What does a Process Support Technologist do?

Supporting new product development processes and new product launches from a technical and process perspective and completing relevant process paperwork before first launches. Complete specifications for recipes and manufacturing using Hamilton Grant. Completing traceability of ingredients using SAP. Leading factory trials and liaising with site and external staff, such as raw material suppliers. Ensure strong communication with factory and technical staff. Complete and set allergen processes and procedures to be in line with BRC and other compliance boards.

How did you end up in this job?

I always wanted to do a degree in Food Science. I then saw this opportunity on the Government website and applied to the degree apprenticeship scheme with Premier Foods, following the completion of my A-levels. I was lucky enough to be offered this opportunity, and in the September, I began my career.

What advice would you give to someone thinking of pursuing this career?

To pursue a career as a degree apprentice in the food industry you need to make sure you are always willing to take on a challenge. You also need to be hard working and self-motivated and have good time management skills. I would also recommend students to gain relevant work experience where possible, for example, I had a Saturday job in our local butchers, which helped to show that I was keen and interested in working in the Food Industry.

What’s the best thing about your job?

The fact that I will achieve all of the qualifications that I need to succeed, whilst also gaining work experience and without the burden of student debts.

How long have you been doing your job?

2 and a half years – I am half-way through my degree apprenticeship.