The food and drink industry is dynamic, fast-paced and high-tech – not to mention potentially 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.
Food Technologists are key to everything. From checking the quality of raw ingredients, to assessing the final product, you’ll work hard to ensure that food is safe – and consistently delicious. You’ll also experience the satisfaction of helping to develop new products from scratch.
Our Food Technologist 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.
Your training will include both classroom and on-the-job learning to fully prepare you for the demanding food production environment. This is especially important because in your role, you’ll have the responsibility of making sure new ideas are delivered safely.
If you’re interested in how food tastes and how it’s produced, then you’ll make a great Food Technologist. You don’t need to have any previous experience, but you do need to be passionate about what you do.
Ideally you’ll like learning about nutrition and food science and you’ll get excited at the thought of inventing new things – because your role will cover all of these aspects.
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 £13,000 in your first year, which will rise to around £25,000 in your last 5. So you won’t need a loan or build up debts while you study.
Apprenticeship graduates can look forward to an average starting salary of £28,000.
Over the course of 24-30 months, you’ll develop a thorough understanding of the food and drink industry. You’ll get to know all the vital processes and standards, and see why maintaining good practice is so important. Learning how to taste products and identifying their key attributes will be a significant part of your training. As will developing your knowledge of food science – including microbiology and chemistry – to help you appreciate the factors that influence taste, flavour and safety.
On the way to achieving your Apprenticeship, you will acquire an L3 Diploma in Food Technology – a qualification that’s awarded by OAL and recognised by the industry. You'll also achieve other qualifications, such as an Intermediate (L3 Award) in Food Safety, and an L3 Award in HACCP, which will help to boost your CV.