Food and Drink Operations: Production and Processing Skills (SCQF level 5) Modern Apprenticeship

What is special about this course?

Modern Apprenticeships offer anyone aged over 16 paid employment combined with the opportunity to train for jobs across a wide range of sectors. They are an exciting way of gaining skills and qualifications that will help to start a career without having to study full time.

All the Modern Apprenticeship frameworks are developed by the appropriate sector skills council in consultation with their industry. Modern Apprenticeship frameworks can also be used as the basis for upskilling existing employees as well as new recruits.
Off the job learning usually takes place through colleges or training providers.

Here at UHI Moray we offer a range of Modern Apprenticeships across a range of sectors and work closely with a number of employers within the Highlands and Islands areas.

This qualification covers areas such as food safety standards in manufacture, working safely, plant and equipment operation, batching, depositing, forming, conditioning, bottling, pelletising, and slicing.

Developed by the National Skills Academy for Food and Drink (NSAFD), the sector skills council for the food and drink manufacturing sector, the SVQ in Food and Drink Operations (Production and Processing Skills) at SCQF level 5 qualification is awarded by SQA in partnership with NSAFD and SQA in partnership with Scottish Bakers.

This qualification is carried out in the workplace environment and is assessed by completing a portfolio and assessor observation based on the day-to-day tasks undertaken in the workplace. Apprentices will work towards the achievement of a SCQF level 5 qualification whilst in paid employment. 

Special features:

  • Learn while you earn
  • Recognised by industry
  • Provides opportunities for career development

Entry requirements

No formal entry requirements are required but candidates need to be in employment in the food and drink operation industry.

There are 2 Mandatory units and 6 optional units which apprentices are required to complete. These units are tailored toward industry requirements. 

These include: 

2 Mandatory Units: 

  • Maintain Workplace Food Safety Standards in Manufacture 
  • Work Safely in Food Manufacture 

6 optional units: 

  • Report and record production information in Food and Drink Operations. 
  • Control batching in Food and Drink Operations. 
  • Control canning in Food and Drink Operations. 
  • Select and preparer raw materials in Food and Drink Operations. 
  • Prepare goods and materials for dispatch
  • Carry out product changeovers in Food and Drink Operations. 

Some apprentices may also be required to undertake core skills depending on their qualifications. This will be identified at the application stage. 

There is also a requirement for the completion of 2 additional outcomes – Food Safety and Food Hygiene. These will be delivered within the overall apprenticeship.

How will I study my course?

    How long will my course last?

    1 Year

    Where can I study my course?

      • Work Based

    Start date



    In most cases course fees will be covered for 16 - 19 year olds provided they are in employment. Funding may also be available for ages 20 - 24 and 25+ in certain sectors.

    Please refer to our Fees and Funding section for more information.  

    What can I do on completion of my course?

    Higher level study
    Career progression in the food and Drink sector.

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    We are delighted that you are thinking about studying at UHI Moray. UHI Moray operates a fair and open admissions system committed to equality of opportunity and non-discrimination. We consider all applications on merit and on the basis of ability to achieve, without discrimination on grounds of age, disability, gender identity, marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity status, race, religion and/or belief, sex, sexual orientation or socio-economic background. We welcome applications from all prospective students and aim to provide appropriate and efficient services to students with disabilities.