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Food Manufacturing Excellence Level 2 Intermediate Apprenticeship

There are a number of components that make up a Food Manufacturing Intermediate Apprenticeship. Here you will find an outline of the qualifications you will achieve and the units and vocational areas you will cover throughout your training as well as other important information such as timescales, funding and what this qualification can lead to.


Intermediate Apprenticeship in Food and Drink, which includes:


  • A combined competence and knowledge qualification: Level 2 Certificate for Proficiency in Food Manufacturing Excellence
  • Functional Skills Maths Level 1
  • Functional Skills English Level 1
  • Employment Rights and Responsibilities

The apprenticeship is made up of a variety of optional units to choose from which cover the essential skills required for working in a Food Manufacturing environment and focus on the specific tasks you carry out within your role which could include:

  • Working effectively with others
  • Maintaining product quality
  • Maintaining food safety standards
  • Maintaining environmental safety
  • Maintaining plant and equipment
  • Contributing to sustainable practice
  • Organising and improving work activities
  • Contributing to continuous improvement
  • Contributing to the development of Standard Operating Procedures
  • Contributing to problem diagnosis and resolution

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About The Training

Assessment method: There are various methods available that can be tailored to suit your needs, such as:

  • Observation
  • Examination of case history
  • Product evidence
  • Witness testimony
  • Questioning

All teaching, learning and assessment for the qualification will take place in the workplace. There is no requirement to attend college.

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What About The Future?

Progression routes from the Intermediate Level Apprenticeship in Food and Drink (Food Manufacturing Excellence) include:

  • Into employment as a productivity technician, technical assistant or team supervisor
  • Direct career progression onto the Advanced Level Apprenticeship in Food and Drink (Food Manufacturing Excellence) pathway
  • Onto the Advanced Level Apprenticeship in Food and Drink on any suitable pathway
  • Development into a different role at the same level or higher
  • In-house development

Many career options become available to the Apprentice on successful completion of the framework.

Further information about careers in the food and drink industry can be found on Improve’s website at

Further Information

Entry requirements: You must be employed in a Food Manufacturing environment carrying out Food Manufacturing tasks for at least 16 hours per week.

There are no formal entry requirements to this Framework in terms of academic qualifications. It is open to all individuals who show a strong desire to pursue a career in the food and drink industry.

However, to be successful in an Apprenticeship the potential apprentice will need to demonstrate attributes such as: self-reliance, high motivation and good interpersonal skills. It is likely that they will have gained some experience that will enable these personal qualities to be identified. For instance, participation on a pre-apprenticeship programme or a work-related placement (especially within the food and drink sector) would provide a good grounding.

Entry conditions for all pathways include having a high standard of cleanliness and being able to follow strict hygiene and health and safety rules. Medical advice should be sought about the suitability of the Apprenticeship if the applicant suffers from a food related allergy.

Progression routes into the Intermediate Level Apprenticeship in Food and Drink (Food Manufacturing Excellence) include:

  • Academic routes (e.g. GCSEs)
  • By completing vocational qualifications (e.g. Foundation Learning, 14-19 Diploma)
  • Participation on a pre-Apprenticeship programme, employer placements
  • Work experience
  • Training

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