Food and Drink Process Operator

Many career opportunities await learners taking our Food and Drink Process Operator apprenticeship.


Students on our Food and Drink Process Operator apprenticeship will gain the skills and knowledge to ensure food products are safe and hygienic, while working in the manufacturing sector of the food and drink industry. Available at Level 2 and Level 3, this apprenticeship offers a solid grounding in most aspects of food production and manufacturing.


Funding band: £5,000

Length: Minimum 12 months


  • The need for and principles of quality management
  • Environmental Management System requirements
  • The Food and Drink sector: businesses and principles within it
  • Product origin and end-to-end supply chain
  • Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs)
  • Hygiene standards and food safety
  • Health and Safety in the food industry
  • Products: how to handle products and the effects of external influences on them
  • The Operator’s role: how it fits into the wider business and adds customer and consumer value
  • Effective communication skills and team working
  • How to use relevant tools and equipment in food production
  • The principles of Continuous Improvement (CI) in the food production industry
  • Good manufacturing practice in the food industry
  • Performance data: understanding, interpreting and acting on it

Career Progression:

  • Food preparation manager/consultant
  • Food processing and manufacture technician/manager
  • Food sales and service manager
  • Quality assurance technician/manager

Funding band: £9,000

Length: Minimum 18 months


  • Ensure compliance with Health and Safety regulations, eg Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Points (HACCP)
  • Contribute to risk assessment
  • Analyse and report data
  • Anticipate potential problems or delays and plan accordingly
  • Use problem solving techniques to eliminate root cause of problems
  • Evaluate and improve production in line with Continuous Improvement (CI) techniques and take responsibility for CI activity
  • Take action to minimise waste
  • Carry out routine and specialist maintenance of equipment, in line with organisational guidelines
  • Execute incident management protocols
  • Support a variety of internal audits
  • Participate in external audits, in line with organisational procedures
  • Contribute to the development and improvement of quality controls
  • Carry out testing for quality control
  • Take part in mentoring, buddying and on-the-job training
  • Interpret and implement Standard Operating Procedures to ensure working towards best practices

Career Progression:

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

Next Steps...

Contact Strive Training’s Food Management team on 0208 952 4856 to find out more.