Barnet Southgate College delivery in partnership with Cidori

Typical Job Roles:

  • Food & Drink Process Operator
  • Production Line Worker

Programme length: 13 months plus a 3 month End Point Assessment (EPA) window.

Functional Skills:

Level 1 minimum in English & maths to be completed, with option of Level 2 available (if applicable). Based on initial assessment and previous learning you may be required to attempt Level 2 in one or both skills.

Progress Reviews:

Progress reviews occur every 10-12 weeks and are a mandatory requirement. There must be a manager or mentor present at each review.


  • Food & Drink Process Operator Level 2 Standard

Delivery & Assessment:

Learning & assessment will take place with a dedicated onsite college tutor, and will consist of:

  • Teaching sessions, practical activities & shop floor observations
  • Activity books
  • Presentations and practical assessments

Off-the-Job Training (OTJ):

This training must equate to a minimum of 6 hours per week for the duration of the apprenticeship programme. It can be delivered flexibly e.g., for a part of each day, once each week or as a block release.


Some of the Core Knowledge, Skills & Behaviours:

  • Stock requirements; Control systems; Stock rotation
  • Food safety: Hazard Analysis Critical Control Points (HACCP)
  • Good manufacturing practice (GMP) in the food industry
  • Control of Substances Hazardous to Health (COSHH)
  • Risk assessments and safe systems of work
  • Types of pollution and control measures: noise, smells, spills, and waste
  • Efficient use of resources: Waste reduction; waste streams; recycling
  • Basic continuous improvement techniques: 5S, Kaizen
  • Comply with food safety regulations and procedures
  • Communicate with colleagues – verbal and non-verbal
  • Put health, safety and food safety first
  • Adapt to changing work requests


Successful completion of the programme may be a gateway to further learning, or enhanced career opportunities in the sector.

End Point Assessment (EPA):

Learners will undertake an End Point Assessment at the end of their practical training period. The EPA will consist of the following elements, each of which will be graded individually.

Learners will then be awarded an overall grade of a fail, pass or distinction.

  • Observation with questions
  • Interview underpinned by a portfolio of evidence
  • Multiple Choice Test