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Food and drink apprenticeships

Types of apprenticeships that you can apply for in the food and drink sector.

This apprenticeship covers a wide range of roles from quality checkers and bakers to logistics officers and butchers.

Training opportunities

You could specialise in the main operations involved in manufacturing and processing a wide range of food and drink products. This may include production areas such as:

  • dairy processing
  • bakery production
  • butchery
  • brewing
  • fishmongery
  • chocolate and sweets

Your work-based learning programme will involve both on-the-job and off-the-job training. You’ll get to work as part of a busy team and your work will involve solving problems, meeting specific targets and ensuring food safety requirements are met.

Types of apprenticeships

There are 3 types of apprenticeships in this sector.

Intermediate level apprenticeship

You could train in roles like:

  • sales or service support assistant
  • slaughter operative
  • butcher
  • meat and poultry operative
  • baker
  • operative
  • confectioner
  • cake decorator
  • miller
  • operative
  • facilities support
  • production control operative
  • quality assurance operative
  • processing control operative
  • logistics controller
  • productivity technician
  • business operative
  • team supervisor
  • technical assistant
  • organisational and development assistant
  • fishmonger
  • processing operative
  • brewer
  • brewing operative
  • dairy production operative
  • equipment technician

Advanced level apprenticeship

You could train in roles like:

  • specialist butcher
  • specialist operations manager
  • sales or service manager
  • sales and service
  • specialist baker
  • master baker
  • specialist confectioner
  • specialist cake decorator
  • chocolatier
  • specialist operative (logistics)
  • specialist operative food
  • manager, facilities
  • manager, supply chain
  • manager, logistics
  • quality audit manager
  • maintenance manager
  • diagnostics technician
  • organisation and development manager
  • technical manager
  • team leader
  • productivity manager

Higher apprenticeship

You could train in roles like:

  • productivity manager
  • general food manager (production)
  • technical manager
  • lean manufacturing manager
  • general management (food operations)
  • organisational and development manager
  • continuous improvement manager
  • manager, processes

Apply for a food and drink apprenticeship

You can become an apprentice in England if you’re:

  • 16 or over
  • eligible to work in England
  • not in full-time education