This qualification is a Diploma requiring achievement of 37 credits. Candidates are encouraged to work at their own pace following individual programmes of learning. The length of time taken to complete will depend upon many factors but we expect most candidates to complete within 12 – 18 months.
This qualification is designed primarily for learners who wish to develop intermediate occupational skills and knowledge in techniques and change processes that drive improvement and sustainability in food supply chain businesses. The qualification confirms occupational competence in specific job roles including:
Food processing operative
Food packaging and distribution operative
Food service/sales operative
Food quality assurance operative
The qualification covers mandatory skills from a wide range of areas like:
Operating safely, working with others, organising and improving work practices, applying improvement techniques, continuous improvement, contributing to the development of standard operating procedures, diagnosing and resolving problems.
Learners can work in any context in the food business to achieve the qualification including:
Processing/production, distribution, service and retail.
Open distance learning and work based assessment. Your College Assessor will visit the workplace which must comply with working in a safe environment. Assessments will take place to assess competence and underpinning knowledge.
On-line support is available through a virtual learning environment.
Learning takes the form of a mixture of observations in the workplace, written and oral questioning.
Accreditation of prior learning is also considered, but this can be time bound.
Suitable learners of all ages are invited to join anytime of the year. It is essential you are currently employed in this area of learning and fully supported by your employer.
All applicants will undertake a thorough training needs analysis to ensure that the correct course and levels are chosen.
The qualification is available within the Food and Drink Apprenticeship framework. Learners are also able to achieve this qualification outside of the apprenticeship framework. It can be used as a stepping stone to larger qualifications of this type:
L3 Award for Proficiency in Food Industry Skills, Food Manufacturing Excellence, Meat & Poultry Industry Skills