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Team Leader Level 3
In an ever-changing Food Manufacturing sector, the need to improve productivity and reduce costs, whilst having a continued and sustainable growth programme has never been more important.
The Team Leader Level 3 Standard is designed to develop those individuals involved in overseeing people management and process improvement in a food manufacturing setting.
A career as a team leader is the initial step to becoming a manager and will see an apprentice take on extra responsibilities in the workplace such as a project or leading a team of other employees.
Team Leader apprentices will work closely with management who will offer guidance on tasks and goals they would like you to achieve. The role may involve supporting and developing other team members and may also monitor resources and a team’s performance on a day to day basis.
A Team Leader apprenticeship qualification may lead to a management role and progress to a higher level qualification such as Level 5 Operations/Department Manager.
Operations Manager Level 5
An Operations/Departmental Manager in a food manufacturing setting is someone who manages teams and projects to achieve operational goals and objectives.
Working in a highly technological and fast-paced sector, key responsibilities may include creating and delivering operational plans, managing projects, leading and managing teams, managing change, financial and resource management.
The Operations/Department Manager programme covers a wide range of first-line managers’ responsibilities allowing apprentices to be able to utilise available resources in an efficient and cost-effective manner and become a confident and skilled member of a factory floor management team.
Apprentice Managers will develop skills in performance management, project management, developing high performing teams, emotional intelligence, finance, coaching and mentoring, strategic planning, conflict management and communication.
In this type of role you could be working in any type of industry or organisation but the skills, knowledge and behaviours required to be successful will remain the same and can be transferred across industries.
Bakery is one of the fastest growing sectors in the food industry. Typically, a baker produces products such as: bread, pastries, cakes, pies and biscuits for customers both in the UK and around the world.
A bakery apprentice may be employed in a large bakery plant, supermarket or a more traditional ‘artisan’ bakery.
During the Level 2 Bakery standard programme, the apprentice will learn how to make a wide range of bread and baked goods using both traditional ‘craft’ and modern ‘mechanical’ methods. They will learn the history of bread and pastry making as well as developing their knowledge, skills and behaviours in relation to the use of ingredients, equipment, processes, timings and techniques that will enable them to work efficiently and confidently in a bakery environment; producing baked goods to the required specifications, meeting your customers ever-growing expectations.
Following the successful achievement of the Level 2 Bakery Standard, the apprentice ‘may’ want to further develop their horizons through further educational development or work towards a leadership/specialism role within the Bakery sector.
Butchery is one of the oldest crafts in the food industry and plays a huge role in the UK economy.
A Butchery apprentice may work in an ‘in-store’ butchery department, a traditional butcher’s shop, a wholesaler or in a large-scale meat processing plant.
A Butchery apprentice on a Level 2 programme will learn a number of different butchery disciplines including a range of knife skills and the knowledge to enable the apprentice to prepare and present a number of different meat and poultry products. The use of both traditional and modern butchery methods will be included in the programme.
The apprentice will also learn subjects including: the importance of yields, provenance, supply chain, traceability, waste minimisation, animal welfare and the principles of slaughter, as well as the fundamentals of health, safety, food safety and quality.
During the programme, the apprentice will learn the most proficient and productive way to prepare and display meat and poultry products in order to meet the ever-changing needs of the consumer.
An apprentice who successfully completes the Level 2 programme ‘may’ wish to advance their skills further through additional education or broaden their career opportunities within the industry via the development of a specialism or take initial steps towards 1st line management within the meat industry.
In the UK there is a growing demand for fish and shellfish and therefore a need for skilled and knowledgeable fishmongers.
Fishmongers may be found in traditional fishmonger’s shops, in-store fish counters or working in a fish processing plant.
The Level 2 Fishmonger programme will teach the apprentice a number of knife and hand skills including scaling, gutting, filleting, boning, pocketing, canoeing and skinning.
The programme will include skills and knowledge in relation to the preparation of shellfish including dressing and shucking in addition to the fundamental principles of health, safety, food safety and quality.
The programme will additionally teach the apprentice ways of interpreting the customers’ needs in relation to value and selecting the most appropriate fish or shellfish to suit their purpose; also using the skill of ‘up-selling’ to communicate any promotions or new additions to their range of products. This will also include the ability to portion, prepare, weigh, pack and label products as required by the customer as well as advising on the basic cooking methods for fish and shellfish.
Once the apprentice has successfully completed their programme, they ‘may’ choose to continue with further education in the field of fishmongery or develop their career by progressing to 1st line management within the industry.
Food and Drink Process Operator
Food and Drink Process Operator
The food and drink processing industry is one of the largest and fastest growing in the UK. Every day, millions of products are made in the UK, supplying both our domestic and international customers. These products include pre-prepared foods, drinks, ready meals, convenience and specialist foods and meat. It is vital that each product is produced safely and to the required specification.
A Food and Drink Process Operator will typically work on a production line or within a food area and contribute to the achievement of the manufacturing objectives.
Apprentices will learn to specific subject matter, based on knowledge, skills and behaviours. This will enable them to support the achievement of production objectives including health, safety, quality, continuous improvement, problem-solving, teamwork and communication.
The Food and Drink Process Operator apprenticeships are available at Level 2 and 3 (advanced). Successful completion of these programmes may broaden the apprentices professional opportunities including career progression incluing Team Leader, Supervisor and Manager.