About the framework
This framework sets out the standards and the criteria for the delivery of a level 2 apprenticeship framework to achieve qualified status within the food and drink industry.
Successful completion of the framework will lead to the award of a level 2 qualification showing recognition as a qualified person within the industry.
Achievement of a level 2 apprenticeship in food and drink will be assessed by verification through the appropriate awarding body. You must complete a combined competence and knowledge-based qualification from one of the pathways provided.
Mandatory essential skills
The following essential skills are mandatory and are to be completed as part of the apprenticeship:
- application of number – level 1
- communication – level 1
However, any qualifications you already have are assessed against the framework requirements and may result in an exemption from the above.
If you haven’t got a level 1 ICT qualification, your training contractor is strongly encouraged to offer ICT Essential Skills level 1 as well as the essential skills above.
Competency and knowledge qualifications – pathway options
To complete the competence-based element a certificate qualification from the appropriate pathway must be achieved.
If additional units are required a diploma qualification could be selected instead of the certificate. In this case, you'll achieve more than the minimum requirements for the framework. Knowledge-based units are embedded in the competence based qualifications outlined below.
Pathway one: meat and poultry
- FDQ Level 2 Certificate for Proficiency in Meat and Poultry Industry Skills (600/0518/X)
- Pearson Edexcel Level 2 Certificate for Proficiency in Meat and Poultry Industry Skills (600/1109/9)
Pathway two: baking
- City & Guilds Level 2 Diploma for Proficiency in Baking Industry Skills (501/1638/1)
- FDQ Level 2 Diploma for Proficiency in Baking Industry Skills (501/1272/7)
Pathway three: food industry
- FDQ Level 2 Certificate for Proficiency in Food Industry Skills (600/0517/8)
- Pearson Edexcel Level 2 Certificate for Proficiency in Food Industry Skills (600/1114/2)
Pathway four: food manufacturing excellence
Pathway five: fish and shellfish
- FDQ Level 2 Diploma for Proficiency in Fish and Shellfish Industry Skills (501/2050/5)
- City & Guilds Level 2 Diploma for Proficiency in Fish and Shellfish Industry Skills (600/3978/4)
Pathway six: brewing
Pathway seven: dairy
Pathway eight: fresh produce
Pathway nine: food team leading
Eligibility and entry requirements
There are no formal eligibility requirements to take part in this apprenticeship. However, employers and contractors must make sure that learners have the potential and opportunity to gain the apprenticeship successfully.
Apprenticeship duration can vary and will be agreed between the apprentice, training contractor and employer.
The qualifications will be assessed as per the awarding organisation’s centre requirements. Assessment will take place both during and at the end of the apprenticeship, with completion being dependent on successful achievement of the qualification elements.
Common assessment methods for this framework:
- practical demonstration and observation/assignment
- task-based controlled assessment
- written assignment
- portfolio of evidence
- oral questioning
All pathways must include mandatory induction. Employee rights and responsibilities (ERR) must be covered and confirmation of completing ERR must be included with the request for the apprenticeship certificate.
It is the responsibility of the training contractor/ college to make sure that the requirements of this framework are delivered in line with DfE apprenticeship guidelines and operational requirements.
The apprentice must be employed from day one.
The content of this framework (framework no 59 issue 9: 8/20) has been developed between the Department for the Economy and the Agri-food Manufacturing Sectoral Partnership (working with the National Skills Academy for Food and Drink).
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