Food Technologist Level 3

Food Technologist: From Field to Fork

Food Technologists work in one of the largest, most dynamic and fastest growing sectors of industry. They are passionate about their industry and ensure all products are safe to eat, of consistent appearance, taste, and texture and take great pride in their work.

Typically, Food Technologists may be employed within a variety of roles such as; a laboratory based environment to ensure the safety and quality of food products, in development roles to improve existing products and launch new products, in factory based roles working with teams to develop good manufacturing practices and within the supply chain to develop good relationships with suppliers and customers.

Food Technologists may be employed by a grower, in a large or small food manufacturer or by a retailer.

Delivering Knowledge From Field to Fork

Food Technologists use their food science knowledge to ensure the smooth transition of food and drink products from farm to fork, driving the manufacturing process ensuring that technical and quality standards are achieved whilst maximising profitability to meet customer requirements. Through our tailored training and coaching from our expert delivery team, we deliver the key skills, knowledge and behaviours your teams need to drive exceptional performance with confidence.


Delivering Excellence

We use a combination of coaching, workshops, and 2 practical days to ensure that everyone undertaking the programme identifies and implements real business improvements mapped directly into the company’s development plan. Participants will acquire the necessary tools and techniques to capably assist the implementation of a project.

Food Technologists will gain the skills to:

• Implement and maintain risk management systems (eg Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Points HACCP)
• Use problem solving techniques, to include root cause analysis and investigation methods
• Review and maintain technical procedures for food businesses
• Use a range of IT systems to analyse and interpret data to identify trends and drive Continuous Improvement
• Provide and interpret management data and information through reports and presentations
• Carry out internal audits and participate in external audits
• Conduct sensory evaluation activities
• Investigate and resolve problems, including customer complaints and quality issues, developing effective relationships with customers, suppliers and colleagues.
• Contribute to Continuous Improvement
• Act as a champion for the technical department within the wider business
• Carry out a product costing
• Support product trials

Typical Outcomes

Individuals completing this programme will be ready to enter an industry offering many ongoing career development opportunities to suit their own particular interests, whether they aspire to being a Technical Manager of the future, a Quality, Process Development or New Product Development specialist or an Auditor.

Guaranteed Return on Investment

With a focus on sustainability and measured improvement, our development programmes always guarantee a significant Return on Investment, seen not only through financial gain, but importantly through positive behavioural change.

Additional Areas of Expertise

Our skill lies in identifying the current and ongoing needs of your business. To find out how we can further assist in developing your staff please ask for information on our range programmes which focus upon Leadership and Management Development, Strategy Development and Project Based Consultancy work.

CQM Training & Consultancy
Level of Delivery

Level 3

Embedded Qualifaction

Level 3 Diploma in Food Technology

Min Functional Skills Entry Erequirements

English GCSE A-C (4-9) / FS 2 Maths GCSE A-C (4-9) / FS 2

Programme Duration

24 months (excluding EPA)




Food & Drink

End Point Assessment

Multiple Choice Test, Workplace Project & Presentation, Professional Discussion

“I never knew what I wanted to do until the opportunity to join the Food Technologist Level 3 apprenticeship arose. Now I have started my diploma to be a Food Technologist, I enjoy coming to work and look forward to taking my career further in the coming years.”

Leanne Crosier

Compliance Auditor Administrator, KARRO Food Group

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Case Studies

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