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  • Faculty: Apprenticeships
Level 2 – 4 x GCSE grade D or level 3 (including English and Maths)
Working in the Food & Drink Manufacturing Sector can lead to you having a very rewarding and successful career. Your career path could take you from Team Leader/Supervisor to Shift/Departmental Manager. On average as a Team Leader/Supervisor you can expect to earn around £27,000 per year and as a Shift/Departmental Manager you can expect to earn around £37,000 per year.
Apprenticeships are open to anyone over the age of 16, whether you have just left school or you have been working for years. Preferred entry requirements are GCSE Maths, English and ICT, grades A-D or equivalent. Other grades will be looked at on an individual basis. An interest in making things and understanding how things work would also be advantageous.
Food and Drink Advanced Production Operators work in one of the largest, most dynamic and fastest growing sectors of industry. Every day, producers, manufacturers and retailers make and sell millions of innovative food products to consumers in the UK and around the world. This includes drinks, cakes, biscuits, ready-to-eat and ready-to-cook food, sandwiches, wraps, fresh fruit and salads. It is imperative that apprentices in the industry have the skills and knowledge to ensure our food products, which millions of people consume every day, are safe.
Following completion of the programme, you will be able to evaluate and make improvements to safety, quality and performance in a food and drink manufacturing environment. As an Advanced Operator you have developed an in-depth knowledge of food and drink products, health and safety systems, quality systems and Good Manufacturing Processes (GMP). You will have been 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. As an Advanced Operator you may be expected to lead others; as such you will develop skills in leadership and management. On completion of this programme, you may be able to progress into more advanced technical or leadership roles. This apprenticeship is an ideal spring board for potential future leaders of the food and drink industry.
As an Advanced Food and Drink Apprentice you must demonstrate the following core behaviours: Safe working: ensures safety of self and others, food safe, challenges safety issues. Ownership of work: accepts responsibility, is proactive, plans work. Pride in work: aims for excellence, time management. Self-development: proposes objectives to support the business, seeks learning, drives the development of self and others. Integrity and respect: respect for colleagues, adapts style where appropriate. Working in a team: builds good relationships with others, works collaboratively, contributes ideas and challenges appropriately, leads by example. Problem solving: works to identify and ensure root causes are resolved, demonstrating a tenacious approach. Responsiveness to change: flexibility to changing working environment and demands. Company/industry perspective: desire to learn about the company and food industry, acts as an ambassador. Effective communicator at all levels. Demonstrates and encourages curiosity to foster new ways of thinking and working. Acts in alignment with the business vision and values
Advanced Operators work in the manufacturing sector of the food and drink industry. You would typically work on production lines in manufacturing plants, but will spend some time offline while working on activities such as new product development. You will 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.  

Study Programme

All students at Oldham College will participate in a personalised study programme that will maximise your potential and enable you to progress onto employment, apprenticeships or higher education.

This means you will:

  • Study a core qualification in a vocational discipline and continue to develop your English and Maths skills through functional skills, GCSE resits and the option of Level 3 qualifications
  • Participate in meaningful work experience
  • Enjoy a range of enrichment opportunities e.g. basketball, archery, skiing and sign language
  • Take part in dedicated tutorial sessions to review your progress and development

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