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Level 3 Apprenticeship in Food and Drink

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Course Duration

Part-time: 2 years (approx)

Course Location

Loughry Campus

Level 3 Apprenticeship in Food and Drink

Apprenticeships are offered at Level 3 in a diverse range of work areas within the food and drink sector. This programme aims to give you the skills that employers want and give you choices in your career.

To complete an Apprenticeship you must complete a competence based element as well as completing mandatory Essential Skills qualifications in Numeracy and Literacy (if you do not already have Maths and English Language GCSEs at Grade C or above).

Due to the diverse nature of the industry and depending on the needs of the employer, Apprentices may choose from a number of pathways at Level 3 for the competence based element of the Apprenticeship. These pathways include:

  • Bakery
  • Fish and shellfish
  • Food Industry Skills and Technical Management
  • Food Manufacturing Excellence
  • Fresh produce
  • Meat and poultry
Course Entry Requirements

Applicants must be aged over 16 and about to take up or already be in paid employment in an agri-food business in Northern Ireland. The Food and Drink industry is an Economically Important Sector in Northern Ireland and the Apprenticeship programme is also available to adults aged over 24 years.

Applicants must be working a minimum of 21 hours a week.

How to apply

If you are interested in enrolling on an Apprenticeship programme please speak to your agri-food employer. We welcome enquiries from companies based in Northern Ireland. Applications are made through the employer rather than on an individual basis.

Progression opportunities and career destinations

This programme may provide students with the opportunity to progress within their own organisation and to further their education through progression onto a Higher Level Apprenticeship or an appropriate Foundation Degree programme.

The course has been designed to meet the growing need of the food industry for qualified people to fill key supervisory roles including production management, quality assurance and product development.

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Loughry Campus

Loughry Campus aims to develop learners’ skills and competitiveness through education, training, business and technology programmes to meet the needs of the food industry.

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The course is validated by:

Food and Drink qualification
Nicola Kerr

Key Contact

Nicola Kerr
Senior Lecturer (Food)



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