Process Operators work in the manufacturing sector of the food and drink industry. They may be employed in a company that specialises one type of product, eg ready meals, soft drinks or confectionary, or in a company that makes a wide range of different products. Process Operators typically work on production lines within food manufacturing plants. The industry uses excellent manufacturing processes and highly automated equipment and technology to ensure it remains competitive, and produces food and drink products to strict food safety and quality standards.
What you will study
Developed as an apprenticeship standard, you will develop knowledge and understanding in areas such as, quality management, hygiene standards and communication skills.
You will be required to complete a Level 2 Diploma in Food & Drink Operations qualification prior to taking the end-point assessment for this apprenticeship; mandatory units include:
• Introduction to the food and drink sector
• Handling materials and products in food and drink operations
• Quality control in food and drink operations
• Environmental management in food and drink operations
• Tools and equipment in food and drink production
• Cleaning plant and equipment in food and drink operations
• Performance data in food and drink operations
• Carry out effective handovers in food and drink operations
• Product changeovers in food and drink operations
• Problem solving in food and drink operations
• Communication and team working in food and drink operations
• ontinuous improvement in the food and drink production industry
Maths and English are key elements of an apprenticeship programme, if you do not already hold GCSE A* - C (4/5 – 9) or equivalent qualifications you will be required to study Functional Skills at the required level.
You will produce/develop evidence building an electronic portfolio covering a range of methods (observations, work products, witness testimonies, projects, assignments and case studies). Your assessor will agree and arrange to observe you on site, working with you and your manager determining your level of knowledge, skills and behaviours.
On completion of this programme, Process Operators will be able to carry out production operations using a range of equipment and will be able to carry out basic fault finding on the equipment they work with. They will be able to handle food products safely and hygienically. They will be able to follow Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) to maintain quality and to ensure products meet customer requirements.
Apprentices without level 1 English and maths will need to achieve this level, and take the test for Level 2 English and maths prior to taking the end-point assessment for this apprenticeship.
On achievement of this qualification progression to a higher level of learning and achievement can be considered.
The qualifications that should be considered include:
• OAL Level 3 Diploma in Food and Drink Operations
• Team Leading or Supervisory Management qualifications
• Food Science and Technology qualifications
• Food Safety and HACCP qualifications
• Health and Safety qualifications
• Quality Assurance or Auditing qualifications
• Specialist sector specific qualifications e.g. artisan or advanced craft operations