Food Industry Technical Professional Level 6 Apprenticeship

Brief Overview of the Role

Our Food Industry Technical Professional Apprenticeship in partnership with Sheffield Hallam University strikes the ideal balance between going to university and starting a career. You will work within one of the country’s leading accredited Food Testing Laboratories working across several different departments including Chemistry, Microbiology, Operations, and Innovations.

Qualification (Degree Title)

BSc (Hons) Professional Practice in Food Technology

Level 6

Entry Level Requirements

  • GCSE English Language & Maths Grade C (or 4) or above- evidence must be provided
  • 96 UCAS points (equivalent to CCC grades at A level) or suitable work experience
  • Minimum 30 hours per week employment contract


3.5 years (inc. EPA)

Block Release Split & Structure

Typically 3 day blocks

6 blocks in Year 1

5 blocks in Year 2

4 blocks in Year 3

Total release= 45 days over 3 years

Employment Start Date

University studies commence September 2023, work within the Laboratory/ Business can commence earlier, July onwards depending on the availability of the successful candidate.

Vacancy Description

You will carry out Food Testing methods as part of a laboratory team; the processes play an important role in the development of food and food safety.

As well as the training for laboratory-based tasks, the successful candidate will also help provide all the required support to enable the laboratory to function effectively (administration and housekeeping), whilst following company procedures and health and safety guidelines.

Key Responsibilities

Sample throughput.

Ensuring completion of relevant paperwork.

Liaising with Senior Grades to ensure samples are processed on time.

Assisting in training of staff.

Ensuring that the quality standards of the laboratory are met on an ongoing basis.

Being aware of site security and safety, securing of the premises where and when required.

Desired Skills:


Time Management

Problem Solving



Project Management Skills

Personal Qualities:







Apprenticeship Standard: Food Industry Technical Professional

Standard Ref: ST0197

Indicative Module Titles (Learning Outcomes)

Food Supply Chain Management

Food Composition (Chemistry & Nutrition)

Food Composition (Microbiology)

Physics of Heating & Cooling Food

Food Safety (HACCP & Risk Assessment)

Food Processing Technology

Food Conversion & Packaging Technology

Food Product Development

Food Innovation Management

Food Operations Management

Food Quality Management & Labelling

Reflective Practice

Work Based Projects

Future Prospects

Full training is provided and can lead to a career as a Food Microbiologist, Food Chemist, Quality Systems Specialist as well as various management positions.

Things to Consider

Please ensure that you currently live within, or can relocate to, a commutable distance of the site/training provider.

Apprenticeship Level

Degree Level Apprenticeship

Position(s) Available 


Expected Duration from Autumn 23

3 – 4 years

Closing Date


Working Week

Monday to Friday

09:00 – 17:00

Annual Wage

£17,500 Per Annum

Please email your CV with a covering letter expressing your interest and suitability for the role: