Advanced Apprenticeship Food and Drink Manufacture Level 3

Award: Advanced Apprenticeship
Start Dates: Up to 2 years
School: National Centre for Food Manufacturing

4 GCSEs at grade C or above


A comprehensive work based training scheme with ‘off the job’ learning, to develop the supervisors, managers and technologists of the future in the food manufacturing industry.

Candidates must be at least 16 years of age on application, be in full-time employment, and have a good level of spoken English. The programme is demanding and needs a high level of commitment. You will need to find a balance between business demands and access to learning opportunities.

You should have a good standard of general education, and a minimum of four GCSEs at grade C or above, preferably to include English, Maths (Higher) and Science, or equivalent qualifications. Applicants who do not meet the above requirements but who have relevant industrial experience will be considered on an individual basis, depending on assessment.

During your training, you will have the opportunity to develop your skills in a broad range of areas relevant to the particular branch of industry in which you work. You will develop an understanding of business and its operation, and supervision and first line management in the food industry. As well as time spent at College, there is a significant requirement for study in your own time.

The scheme combines a mix of work based training accompanied by relevant study at the Holbeach campus on a day release basis. You will have your own tailored training programme detailing which departments you will be working in, each with its own specific learning objectives. In the workplace, you will apply what you have learnt, practise new skills and develop your vocational competence. You will meet regularly with your training coordinator to review progress and discuss your development.

Successful completion will prepare individuals for a career in supervisory or equivalent technical role within the food industry. Careers include production, quality assurance, planning and product development. There will also be the opportunity to progress to a Higher Education programme.

The University intends to provide its courses as outlined in these pages. Occasionally provision may be altered in order to meet changing circumstances or to keep courses up to date with trends and developments in subject areas. Students should note that the University now uses a calendar based on a 3 term rather than a 2 semester academic year. Specific programme queries should be directed to the teaching department.

Fees for all our courses may increase each year in line with government regulations and are subject to change.