Scottish Vocational Qualifications (SVQ’s) are work-based alternative methods of skill development and qualification achievement, undertaken under the Scottish Credit & Qualifications Framework (SCQF). 

Delivered as part of the Government’s Modern Apprenticeship programme they comprise of learning and development modules that fill the gap left by the traditional Apprenticeship schemes and re-enforce the core skills that employers have identified as essential in today’s workforce. SVQ’s aim to certify the competence of practical skills in a chosen occupational area. 

A Modern Apprenticeship allows people to gain an industry-recognised qualification whilst earning a wage. From an employer’s perspective, they develop their workforce by training new staff and upskilling existing employees.  

National Food & Drink Training offers a variety of on the job learning opportunities. Currently, there are two levels of Food and Drink Operations Vocational Qualifications. Across these two levels, we cover all aspects of Food and Drink manufacturing – from the processing and production stage and creating food and drink products, to distribution and customer-facing elements such as counter service and maximising sales... Level 2 qualifications are best suited to staff wishing to enhance their skills and gain formal recognition for their job, whereas Level 3 qualifications are suited to more experienced staff who wish to build on their existing skills and demonstrate that they are capable of additional responsibility in the workplace.   

The flexibility of these qualifications means that they can be tailored to meet your organisation’s requirements or to cover a specific job role. Each qualification is broken down into individual units covering specialised skills and knowledge and a small number of are mandatory units that cover areas such as food safety.  

Core Skills

Any candidates undertaking a Level 2 or 3 Modern Apprenticeship must complete the following Core Skills as part of the Modern Apprenticeship Framework: 

  • Working with Others
  • Information and Communication Technology
  • Numeracy
  • Communication
  • Problem Solving

Award Structure

A minimum of 8 units (10 if undertaking a Modern Apprenticeship) must be completed for the qualification. You can find details of the individual units in the ’Downloads’ section of each course page.

Duration of Programmes

Typically, the programmes take 12-18 months to complete, however, we appreciate that every learner is different and our dedicated team of advisors will guide them through their journey. 

About Us

National Food and Drink Training (NFDT) was established in 2015 as a rebrand of Scottish Bakers training provision. This was a direct result of the strengthening of its portfolio to include lean manufacturing techniques and the delivery of the new Food Manufacturing Excellence (FME) qualifications.

Contact Us

National Food & Drink Training

c/o Scottish Bakers
Unit 2, Halbeath Interchange Business Park
Kingseat Road
KY11 8RY
United Kingdom

01383 661 555

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