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Food & Drink Advanced Process Operator Apprenticeship Standard Level 3

Advanced Operators work in the manufacturing sector of the food and drink industry. They typically work on production lines in manufacturing plants, but will spend some time offline while working on activities such as new product development. They have both knowledge and skills in preventative maintenance activities and Continuous Improvement techniques, which are essential to maintaining and improving productivity in food and drink manufacturing sites. They will develop an in-depth knowledge of food and drink products, health and safety systems, quality systems and Good Manufacturing Processes (GMP). They are trained to interrogate and interpret data to identify trends and carry out basic fault finding.

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  • Entry Requirements

    Candidates will usually have a minimum of 4 GCSEs at grade C/4 (or equivalent), including English and maths however, this will normally be set by the employer.

  • Course Length

    How long is this course?

    30 Months

    When does this course start?


    How many hours / days per week is this course?

    Can be started anytime throughout the year to be agreed with employers

  • Additional Information

    What qualification will I achieve?

    Apprentices are required to complete a Level 3 Diploma in Food and Drink Operations qualification prior to taking the end-point assessment for the apprenticeship

    How is my course assessed?

    The Food and Drink Advanced Process Operator apprenticeship is an integrated programme of knowledge and skills acquisition, developed alongside core behaviours expected of a competent advanced process operator working in a commercial setting. The award of the apprenticeship certificate will signify recognition of competence in the role. Apprentices will typically spend 30 months working towards the apprenticeship standard, with the end-point assessment completed in a maximum 12-week period at the end of the apprenticeship. Performance in the end-point assessment will determine the apprenticeship grade of fail, pass, merit or distinction.

Starting 06/09/2021



Duration 30 Months

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Lydia Appleton

Motor Vehicle Level 2 & 3

Lydia completed level 2 and level 3 Motor Vehicle qualifications at the college and is now completing an apprenticeship with A.T. Johnson, a specialised company that supplies parts to the motor industry in the East of England

“I wanted to become a mechanic and college offered different courses for me to be able to achieve my career goals”

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Bradley O'Cruelly

Motor Vehicle Service and Repair - Level 3

Bradley achieved Level 2 Diploma in Light Vehicle Maintenance and Repair to a very high standard, prior to starting Level 3.

Bradley said “I’ve been given the opportunity to do work experience along with my tutors as their TSO, helping other students and looking after the workshop as it gives me a diverse view on a different, but vital, area of the motor industry.”

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