Who is this programme aimed at?
This programme is aimed at those working or starting to work in quality, audit or product development roles
in food and drink businesses.
IAAP Advanced Technical. There is an IAAP Advanced Technical Programme (L6) aimed at those training to become a Quality or Technical Manager.
What capability will the programme develop?
Apprentices develop a basic understanding of the key principles of food technology including microbiology
and food chemistry as well as the core fundamentals of legislation and regulations in the food industry. They have practical understanding of the way in which the industry operates, from the end to end food supply chain, raw material sourcing, ethical issues, GMP and GHP practices, food industry safety standards (e.g BRC) and the drivers of cost and quality. Specifically, they know how to collect, interpret and use data, use a range of problem solving techniques to include root cause analysis, the functions and processes of NPD and EPD, how to cost products and carry out sensory analysis.
Apprentices develop a range of practical skills that makes them invaluable members of the technical team. Using a range of IT systems and information, and problem solving techniques they provide and interpret information to identify trends and inform CI, as well as maintaining and reviewing technical procedures used in the business.
They are able to implement and maintain risk management systems, carry out a product costing, carry out internal audits, investigate and resolve customer complaints and quality issues, carry out sensory evaluation activities and support product trials. In a wider context they act as champions for the technical department, developing and maintaining relationships with customers, suppliers and colleagues.
Apprentices learn to operate safely, take ownership and pride in their work and to work as part of a team, building good relationships with others and acting with integrity and respect. They are innovative, keen to explore new ways of thinking and working and tenacious in their approach to identifying and resolving the root cause of problems. They are responsive to change, have strong communication skills and take responsibility for their own development and that of others. They operate as an ambassador for their shift, site, company and industry.
Why is this a great programme?
This programme will help food businesses fill a core gap in terms of quality and product development roles. It provides the essential scientific knowledge to underpin activity as well as developing the practical industry relevant processes.
Skills issue faced
Major skills shortage in Food Scientists.
Apprentices are able to register as a Registered Science Technician (RSciTech) after passing their apprenticeship.