Food and Drink Operations: Food Manufacturing Excellence at SCQF 5 & 6

Food and Drink Operations: Food Manufacturing Excellence at SCQF 5 & 6

The Scottish Vocational Qualifications in Food and Drink Operations: Food Manufacturing Excellence at SCQF level 5 and 6 are a suite of proficiency qualifications which offer companies working in the food manufacture or supply chain environment the ability to implement a sustainable, continuous improvement programme for the workplace.

They help support skills development in areas recognised as critical to achieving sustainable lean practices such as change management, and leadership. When used together with other food and drink sector qualifications, they will support a sustainable lean implementation programme, leading to long term cultural changes rather that ‘one off’ activities.

These SVQs should appeal to all food manufacturing organisations which operate quality production practices such as lean manufacturing and six sigma.

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 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.

This SVQ must be assessed in the workplace, so is only suitable for individuals employed in the food industry.

Why deliver this qualification

The SVQs in Food and Drink Operations: Food Manufacturing Excellence are new qualifications for the growing food and drink manufacture sector.

The qualifications are designed to allow companies to take a holistic view of what is required for a company to improve the performance of individuals at whatever level they work at or whatever job they have within a company.

 

Who does this qualification suit

This SVQ is suitable for:

  • individuals who are currently in employment and who wish to obtain a formal qualification
  • employers who wish their employees to take a course for continuing professional development

Access

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.

Progression

The qualifications could provide progression to:

  • HNC Food Science and Technology SCQF level 7 or Management/Leadership
  • degree level study at a higher education institution

Approval

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.

How to assess

Assessment of this award will be through a series of theoretical and practical assessments or tasks. Some assessments will be carried out under supervised open-book conditions, others under supervised closed-book conditions.

The assessment strategy does not allow for workplace simulation. The assessment requirements are detailed in Improve’s Assessment Strategy 2013 and SQA’s Assessment Guidance for this award.

Qualification content and delivery tools

Information about the qualification(s)

Qualification Structure

GF0G 22 (SQA and Improve)

GF0H 23 (SQA and Improve)

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

Awarding partnership arrangements

The qualifications are jointly awarded by SQA & Improve.

Modern Apprenticeships

The SVQ 2 Food and Drink Operations (Food Manufacturing Excellence) at SCQF 5 level is a mandatory component in the Level 3 Food and Drink Operations Modern Apprenticeship.

SQA also offers the following components of this Apprenticeship:

F426 04           Core Skills: Communication SCQF level 4
F42N 04          Core Skills: Working with Others SCQF level 4
F42J 04           Core Skills: Problem Solving SCQF level 4
F42E 04          Core Skills: Information and Communication Technology SCQF level 4
F42A 04          Core Skills: Numeracy SCQF level 4

The SVQ 3 Food and Drink Operations (Food Manufacturing Excellence) at SCQF 6 level 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 2 and 3 Food and Drink Operations Modern Apprenticeship please visit: http://improveltd.co.uk/scotland/frameworks-scotland

Information about delivery, assessment, quality assurance and support material

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