Food manufacturing inspector apprenticeships - where to start
You can get into this job through
a college coursean apprenticeshipworking towards this role
You could do a college course to get some of the skills and knowledge you need for this job.
- Level 3 Diploma in Food and Drink Operations
- T Level for Food Technologists
Once working, you would complete further training to become an inspector. You'll usually need 4 or 5 GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C), or equivalent, for a Level 3 course or T Level.
You can work towards this job by doing a Level 3 apprenticeship for food technologists
food and drink process operators
You would complete further training in food quality and inspection after your apprenticeship. You'll usually need 5 GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C), or equivalent, including English and maths.
If you're working in the food and drinks industry, you can take training for a:
You will also complete a portfolio of work for assessment as part of the training. These qualifications are awarded through the Chartered Institute of Environmental Health.
- Higher Certificate in Food Control
- Advanced Professional Certificate in Food Hygiene and Standards Control
Food manufacturing inspector apprenticeships - what it takes
Skills and knowledge
- the ability to analyse quality or performance
- to be thorough and pay attention to detail
- the ability to work well with others
- thinking and reasoning skills
- knowledge of public safety and security
- excellent verbal communication skills
- legal knowledge including court procedures and government regulations
- the ability to accept criticism and work well under pressure
- to be able to use a computer and the main software packages competently
Restrictions and Requirements
You'll usually need a driving licence to travel between sites.
Food manufacturing inspector apprenticeships - what you'll do
In this job, you will:
- inspect conditions in slaughterhouses and processing plants
- carry out quality control checks
- test samples of raw ingredients and processed products
- analyse and present test results
- make sure production processes meet hygiene regulations
- train production staff in the importance of safety standards
- check labelling and packaging
- write quality reports
- advise companies about making improvements, and issue warning notices
You could work at a manufacturing plant or in an office.
Your working environment may be noisy and you'll travel often.
You may need to wear protective clothing.
Career path and progression - Food manufacturing inspector apprenticeships
With experience you could become a food safety manager, co-ordinating the work of a team of inspectors.
You could also move into environmental health or food science after training.