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Food and Drink Advanced Process Operator standard 

The food and drink industry is one of the largest and fastest growing sectors of the UK economy. It’s a dynamic industry, with new food and drink brands being launched every week. UK produced products are shipped and sold all around the world too. The food and drink advanced process operator apprenticeship will suit dynamic people looking to further their careers in food manufacturing. In fact this apprenticeship is an ideal spring board for future food industry leaders.


There are 3 components to the apprenticeship: the training programme, mandatory qualifications and end point assessment.

Training programme

Apprentices will need to complete a training programme designed to cover the key knowledge, skills and behaviour requirements of the Standard. To find out more about the Food and Drink Advanced Process Operator Apprenticeship see the Standard

Mandatory Qualifications

  • Level 2 English
  • Level 2 Mathematics
  • Level 3 Diploma in Food and Drink Operations*

*As part of the development of the Standard the Trailblazer group responsible stipulated that a new qualification should be a compulsory part of the apprenticeship. In response to market demand FDQ have developed our own approved version of this qualification, which comprises 11 units/ 59 credits and meets all the requirements of the Standard.


Need a handy end-to-end reference guide to the apprenticeship, diploma and end-point assessment? Download it here 


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Food and Drink Advanced Process Operator Standard

Advanced process operators work in the food manufacturing sector, sometimes with supervisory responsibilities. Mostly working on production lines, the apprenticeship helps develop in-depth knowledge of food and drink manufacture. This includes health and safety systems, quality systems and Good Manufacturing Processes (GMP). The food and drink advanced process operator apprentice will also become skilled in preventative maintenance and Continuous Improvement Techniques to maximise productivity. The Food and Drink Advanced Process Operator Apprenticeship will help prepare apprentices for future technical or leadership roles in the food industry.

Duration: 30-36 months

Level: 3

Funding Band: 12 (£9000)

Training Programme: The apprentice must develop the core knowledge, skills and behaviours outlined in the Food and Drink Advanced Process Operator Standard plus the mandatory qualifications before applying for end-point assessment. 

Mandatory Qualifications:
Level 2 Mathematics   
Level 2 English
Level 3 Diploma in Food and Drink Operations

Standard Number: STO196

End Point Assessment (EPA)

FDQ are approved to deliver end-point assessment for the Level 3 Food and Drink Advanced Process Operator Apprenticeship.

This means we’re able to offer everything you need, from registration through to qualifications, EPA support materials and the end-point assessment itself.

To find out more about the end-point assessment talk to one of our friendly EPA team on 0113 3970 395 or email us at EPA@fdq.org.uk

Alternatively, download our guide to the Food and Drink Advanced Process Operator EPA here.

Food & Drink Process Operator standard

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