Food Technologist

Food Technologist

On a food technologist apprenticeship course, you’ll help ensure food and drink products are of the right quality and are safe to eat and drink.

The food science industry provides a diverse variety of employment and career opportunities. Food scientists may work for a farmer, a large or small food corporation, or a retailer, and they may be required to travel extensively. 

As a result, you’ll learn critical skills and knowledge to prepare you for a rewarding and intriguing career in the food and beverage sector.

What you’ll learn

On a food technologist apprenticeship course, you’ll learn to:

  • Set up and maintain risk management systems (e.g. Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Points).
  • Use a range of IT platforms to analyse and assess data to find trends and drive decisions. Continuous Enhancement (CI).
  • Provide and analyse management data and information (reports and presentations).
  • Carry out internal audits and take part in external audits.
  • Experiment with sensory evaluation tasks.
  • Investigate and respond to problems, such as customer complaints and quality concerns.
  • Contribute to Continuous Improvement (CI).
  • Establish and sustain fruitful relationships with customers, suppliers, and employees.
  • To solve problems, use problem-solving techniques, such as root cause analysis and research methodologies.
  • Negotiate with colleagues.

Entry requirements

You’ll usually need:

  • Depending on the employer, but likely GCSEs or equivalent qualifications or relevant experience.
  • Apprentices without level 2 English and maths will need to achieve this level before taking the end-point assessment.

Assessment methods

The End Point Assessment comprises three distinct assessment methods: 

  • A written knowledge test answered through a combination of multiple-choice questions and short-answer questions  
  • A work-based and job-related workplace project and presentation 
  • Professional dialogue and interview

Duration and level

  • Duration: 24 months
  • Level: 3 – Advanced Apprenticeship

Apprenticeship standard

More information about the Level 3 Food Technologist Apprenticeship standard can be found here.

Apprenticeship end point assessment

For more information about the End Point Assessment Process, please read the Institute of Apprenticeships’ information page

Updated on October 1, 2022

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