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Food Industry Technical Professional

Food Industry Technical Professional


The Level 6 Food Industry Technical Professional Degree Apprenticeship is a unique programme combining honours level education with workplace learning to help address technical knowledge and skills gaps in the food industry.

The apprenticeship provides an alternative to graduate recruitment and the opportunity to ‘grow your own talent’. It aims to nurture employees’ commitment to their organisation by enabling them to pursue academic learning alongside work.

The programme makes extensive use of Sheffield Hallam University’s state-of-the-art laboratory and processing facilities to foster the practical and intellectual skills employees need to excel and provide leadership in tomorrow’s food industry.

The course will deliver against the nationally recognised Level 6 Food Industry Technical Professional Degree Apprenticeship standard, and the apprenticeship has been developed in collaboration with representatives of the food industry and higher education institutions. It covers all the core knowledge, skills and behaviours the food industry expects thriving employees in technical roles to possess, and leads to a BSc (Honours) Professional Practice in Food Technology.

If you have 15 or more potential apprentices, we can tailor the programme to your business.

Course length and entry requirements

The apprenticeship is usually delivered over three years. However, every apprentice is different and it will depend on their previous experience.

Participants attend the University for three or four days at a time, six times in their first year, decreasing to five times in their second as they become more autonomous and four times in their final year as they undertake a major company-based project.

Assessed tasks are varied and include scientific reports, workplace audit reports, technical portfolios, presentations and examinations. Subject to confirmation, the end-point assessment is likely to include a professional portfolio, a project report and an interview.

Eligible candidates will meet the following entry requirements

  • Normally GCSE English language and mathematics at Grade C or above, or equivalents.
  • For school leavers as direct entrants into the business, 96 UCAS points (280 UCAS points pre-2017) or equivalent. One A level in a science or food technology is required.
  • For post experience applicants, one A level or equivalent and relevant work experience.
  • In the absence of A levels, admission based on a judgement of suitable work experience taken by the course leader.
  • A minimum of 30 hours a week in the workplace is required where the learner is in employment and wishing to achieve the degree apprenticeship award.
  • Applicants whose first language is not English must have an IELTS score of level 6.0 or above.

Benefits for your business

  • Nurture and reward employee loyalty in a mutually-beneficial manner that supports personal and business growth.
  • Get immediate access to a motivated resource – even in their first year, learners are able to offer a cost-effective contribution to projects, such as quality control, supply chain management and food labelling.
  • Projects are negotiated with employers to ensure they benefit all parties.

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Learn more

Find out more about how higher and degree apprenticeships can have a positive impact on your business. You can also read about funding and incentives or explore other useful information, including policies and FAQs.

Get in touch

If you have any questions, email John Sorsby or phone 0114 225 5000 to speak to our apprenticeships team.

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