Level 3 Food and Drink Advanced Process Operator

Introduction to the Apprenticeship

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 working on activities such as new product development. They have both knowledge and skills in preventative maintenance activities and Continuous Improvement (CI) techniques, which are essential to maintaining and improving productivity in food and drink manufacturing sites.

Whichever part of the industry they choose to work in, on completion of this programme, individuals will be expected to be able to evaluate and make improvements to safety, quality, and performance in a food and drink manufacturing environment.

Advanced Operators can 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. This will help to avoid future faults and improve quality and productivity. Advanced Operators may be required to lead others; as such they will be expected to develop skills in leadership and management.

On completion of this programme, individuals may progress into more advanced technical or leadership roles. This apprenticeship is designed as an ideal spring board for potential future leaders of the food and drink industry.

Apprenticeship Standard


Apprenticeship Qualification


Apprenticeship End Point Assessment



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The Centre of Excellence in Agri-food Technology, Holbeach, Spalding PE12 7FJ

T: 01406 493000
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