Why study SfW Food and Drink Manufacturing?
The food and drink manufacturing sector is a big industry and of high importance in Scotland; it employs around 40,000 people and generates sales of around £9 billion. A current skills shortage means that there are excellent employment prospects for those who want to train in this career area.
The sector offers good opportunities who enjoy:
- working in a team
- learning practical skills
- learning how our food and drink is made.
What do I need to get in?
Entry is at the discretion of the school or college.
What will I study?
The course is made up of four compulsory units, each one with a value of 6 SCQF credit points.
- An Introduction to the Food and Drink Manufacturing Industry
- Safety Requirements of the Food and Drink Manufacturing Industry
- Food Science and Technology in the Food and Drink Manufacturing Industry
- Product Concept to Launch in the Food and Drink Manufacturing Industry.
You will learn about
- job roles in the industry and how they relate to one another
- the skills required for employment and promotion within the industry
- the routes food and drink take from field to table, including stages in the manufacturing process
- how products conform to quality and safety, and methods used to extend shelf life in products
- the legislation governing the industry and the need for compliance for food safety
- how new products are developed, the drivers for change and consumer acceptance.
Where will I take the course?
You will usually train at a local college. Training sessions will take place for a set number of hours and weeks during term time.
You may be able to arrange a related work experience placement by speaking to your pastoral care or guidance teacher in school.
How will I be assessed?
Assessment will be based on a range of practical activities in real or simulated workplace settings. Tutors will observe and keep records of your work. Some assessment may be done online using an e-portfolio system.
What can I go on to next?
You may be able to progress to:
- A Modern Apprenticeship leading to Scottish Vocational Qualification (SVQ) at SCQF Levels 5 to 6 in Food and Drink Operations.
- NPA in Food Manufacture (SCQF Level 6)
- HNC in Food Science and Technology (SCQF Level 7)
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