Apprenticeships are a useful way of combining work and education, earning and learning at the same time. The Government approves all Apprenticeship programmes. There are different levels of Apprenticeship in different food-related work, including bakery, butchery, and food technologist.
Undertaking a food-related degree is a great way to start your career, with some universities now offering degree level Apprenticeships where you can study as well as earn a salary. IFST's degree accreditation scheme recognises relevant Bachelor and Masters degree programmes/courses for face-to-face and distance-learning students and only accredits the degree programmes which meet the standards set and valued by employers in the food sector.
If you want to work towards a degree and work, you might want to consider one of the new degree Apprenticeship programmes which were launched in 2017. Some of which are detailed below:
- New Food and Farming Degree Apprenticeship - Defra Press Release
- Nottingham Trent University - Food Science Higher and Degree Apprenticeships
- University of Lincoln - First degree Apprenticeship
Of course, there are many other options. You might already be in work and, with the support of your employer, be looking for a block release degree programme. Or you might be looking for a degree or other programme which includes an industrial placement to enable to you to gain experience in the world of work to supplement your studies.
Vocational qualifications are work-related qualifications. They offer practical learning programmes that relate to specific jobs or employment sectors, designed to enable you to acquire knowledge and skills required to achieve the national occupational standards (NOS) for a particular job.
Vocational qualifications are available in a wide range of subjects at all levels, ranging from the Entry Level to Level 8 which are very similar to other qualification levels: Level 2 is equivalent to grades A*-C GCSE while Level 3 is equivalent to two pass grades at A level.
You could use an online tool, such as the Careerpilot Qualification Planner, to check out different qualifications and levels.
- Tasty Careers - have provided resources about apprenticeships including average salaries, details of study and typical requirements. Study pathways have also been detailed for apprenticeships
- Food and Drink Apprenticeship, Skills Funding Agency - guidance about the types of apprenticeships you can apply for in the food and drink sector.
- The Apprenticeship Guide - find out the list of apprenticeship providers for Food Technology apprenticeships and which apprenticeship would suit you best.
- National Apprenticeship Service- Gov.UK - search for an apprenticeship you would like to apply for.
Find out more:
- The Apprenticeship Guide - read about the experiences of those that have undertaken a Food Technology apprenticeship.
- Food and Drink Federation (FDF) - case studies of those working as apprentices in the food and drink manufacturing sector.
- National Skills Academy for Food & Drink - read about trailblazer apprenticeships and the new Industry Approved Apprenticeship Programmes (IAAPs).
- Become an Apprentice - National Apprenticeship Service Gov.uk - a guide on how to become an apprentice.
- GroceryAid - if you're looking for financial support during your apprenticeship (within the grocery industry) you may be eligible for an appprenticeship grant from GroceryAid.
- Bakkavor - get a flavour of what being an apprentice is like by reading these case studies.