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The Aim of the Dairy Technologist Apprenticeship

apprenticeship standards are developed ‘by employers for employers.’ Nobody knows better what is needed in a job role than the employers themselves.

“Apprentices bring a new energy to the business, a new way of thinking”

Apprenticeship Information

In their day-to-day tasks, dairy technologists engage with cross-functional teams and stakeholders. Internally, this may involve collaborating with operations, quality assurance, continuous improvement, engineering, finance, commercial, marketing, and site leadership teams. Dairy technologists bear the responsibility of ensuring dairy products adhere to food safety standards, meet quality criteria, and fulfill customer expectations. Additionally, they must address health and safety, environmental sustainability, financial factors, and uphold ethical work practices.

The level 5 Dairy Technologist End-Point assessment (EPA) consists of three elements

  • A project report (500 words) combined with a presentation with questions

  • A professional discussion underpinned by portfolio

  • A written test comprising long response answers

The End-point Assessments can be undertaken over 2-3 discrete sessions over a maximum period of 6 months.

Advanced Dairy Technologist Level 5 apprenticeship standard was developed by the food industry to give employees the skills to be competent in ensuring dairy products are food safe and meet quality requirements along with customer expectations. In addition, it is essential that health and safety, environment and sustainability, financial considerations, and ethical working practices must also be met.  They are expected to keep up to date with regulations and dairy product developments.

Level 5 Dairy Technologist

Dairy Technologists offer specialized technical guidance and assistance across a variety of aspects of dairy production, contributing to the promotion of a culture focused on quality and care.

Brewer Apprenticeship Funding

The Dairy Technologist apprenticeship holds a maximum funding rate of £26,000. Funding for the brewer apprenticeship is either via co-investment with government or the Apprentice Levy.

Large food manufacturers (with a wage bill over £3million pa) fund their apprenticeships through the levy. The levy is collected by HMRC at a rate of 0.5% of a business’s monthly wage bill.

Smaller employers (with an annual wage bill below £3m) fund their apprenticeships through co-investment with government, though now they need only contribute 5% of their apprentices training costs. For employers with less than 50 employees that 5% is waived if their apprentice is between 16-18 years or between 19-24 and has a local authority education, health and care plan or has been in the care of a local authority.

All employers are now able to negotiate with their approved training provider to get good value brewing industry training that suits their business. They are also free to choose their preferred end-point assessment organisation.

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