Food and Drink Operations (Supply Chain Skills)
The Scottish Vocational Qualification (SVQ) in Food and Drink Operations (Supply Chain Skills) at SCQF level 6 provides learners with the knowledge and skills that they will need for employment in the food and drink manufacturing sector.
It develops skills to an intermediate level and will enable individuals to be more proficient in supply chain operations — ensuring efficiency, traceability and transparency. Factors that are in the spotlight as people increasingly want to know where their food is from and how it has been produced.
This SVQ is suitable for people in job roles such as shop floor team leaders, stores team leaders, distribution staff, import/export staff, and transport and distribution staff.
Developed by Improve Ltd (changed to NSFADA (National Skills Food and Drink Academy)), the sector skills council for the food and drink manufacturing sector, the SVQ in Food and Drink Operations qualification is awarded in partnership with SQA and Improve (NSFADA), SQA and SFMTA (Scottish Federation of Meat Traders Association) or SQA and Scottish Bakers. It is available through employers and training providers.
Why deliver this qualification
The SVQ Food and Drink Operations (Supply Chain Skills) at SCQF level 6 is a new course for the growing food and drink operations sector. Breakdowns in supply chain management are thought to have led to the horse meat scandal of 2013.
The SVQ can be offered in any of the following modes:
- part-time (eg day-release)
- open and distance learning
- infill into existing classes
- evening provision
Who does this qualification suit
This SVQ is suitable for those who are working in the food and drink industry as shop floor team leaders, stores team leaders, distribution staff, import/export staff, or transport and distribution staff.
Entry is at the discretion of the centre.
No prior qualifications are required to undertake this qualification, although experience in/knowledge of subject would be an advantage.
This SVQ must be assessed in the workplace, so is only suitable for those who are employed in the food industry.
The level 6 award could provide progression to:
Centres with devolved authority for approval should use their own internal approval process.
Centres without devolved authority require to come forward for approval and should contact SQA’s Business Development Team for guidance.
Assessors and verifiers must be able to meet SQA’s general requirements for technical/occupational competence as outlined in the Systems and Qualification Approval Guide
Where can you take this course?
Qualification content and delivery tools
Information about the qualification(s)
National Occupational Standards
Centres/candidates undertaking these Courses should also refer to the full National Occupational Standards for information relating to the overview and scope.
Unit information for this qualification is available on our Accredited Qualification Unit Search.
Core Skills signposting
- Core Skills signposting (281 KB)
Awarding partnership arrangements
GG4923 SVQ 3 in Food and Drink Operations (Supply Chain Skills) at SCQF level 6 is jointly awarded with Improve Ltd.
GG6623 SVQ 3 in Food and Drink Operations (Supply Chain Skills) at SCQF level 6 is jointly awarded with Scottish Bakers.
This SVQ is a mandatory component in the Level 3 Food and Drink Operations Modern Apprenticeship.
SQA also offers the following components of this Apprenticeship:
- F427 04 Core Skills: Communication SCQF level 5
- F42P 04 Core Skills: Working with Others SCQF level 5
- F42K 04 Core Skills: Problem Solving SCQF level 5
- F42F 04 Core Skills: Information and Communication Technology SCQF level 5
- F42B 04 Core Skills: Numeracy SCQF level 5
For further information on the Level 3 Food and Drink Operations Modern Apprenticeship please visit: http://improveltd.co.uk/scotland/frameworks-scotland