Food and drink - level 2 apprenticeship framework

This framework sets out the standards and criteria you must meet to complete the apprenticeship programme and receive your apprenticeship certificate for level 2 food and drink. This is the only level 2 training in this skill acceptable for apprenticeshipsni funding.

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.   

Mandatory outcomes

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

Certificates:

Diplomas:

Pathway two: baking

Certificates:

Diplomas:

Pathway three: food industry

Certificates:

Diplomas:

Pathway four: food manufacturing excellence

Certificates:

Diplomas:

Pathway five: fish and shellfish

Certificates:

Diplomas:

Pathway six: brewing

Certificates:

Diplomas:

Pathway seven: dairy

Certificates:

Pathway eight: fresh produce

Certificates:

Diplomas:

Pathway nine: food team leading

Certificates:

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.

Duration

Apprenticeship duration can vary and will be agreed between the apprentice, training contractor and employer.

Assessment

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:

  • coursework
  • e-assessment
  • practical demonstration and observation/assignment
  • task-based controlled assessment
  • written assignment
  • portfolio of evidence
  • oral questioning

Related knowledge

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.

Responsibilities

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.

Further information

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). 

For further information, contact:

Level 2 apprenticeship frameworks

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