Food manufacturing is packaged foods that are manufactured outside the home for purchase. The products you buy in our shops and supermarkets are there because of the efforts of literally thousands of people working in different food & drink industries in the Welsh food chain. This can range from a butcher preparing meat to international food industries.

The food production chain has three stages – agriculture, manufacturing and retailing/catering. Food and drink manufacturing takes place in factories ranging in size from those employing only a few workers to those employing hundreds.

The food and drink manufacturing industry actually comprises over 30 different sectors. The largest of these is the bakery sector followed by meat processing, drinks industries, dairies, animal feed and fish processing.

Food and drink manufacturers are the vital link in what we call the food supply chain. We take what’s grown by farmers and turn it into the products that are sold by retailers and caterers to their customers, the public.

Training and Apprenticeships

We offer apprenticeships from foundation level to higher apprenticeships across Wales in Food Manufacturing. Learning through apprenticeships can help staff develop practical skills that are essential to create a successful career in the industry.

The Qualification Credit Framework provides a simple and rational framework that presents learner achievement and qualifications in a way that is easy to understand, measure and compare.

It aims to give individuals the opportunity to learn in a more flexible way and enables a wider range of organisations, including employers, to have their training recognised.

Cambrian Training Company is an approved centre with FDQ for the delivery of training in Food Manufacturing.

Within this framework there the following qualifications available;

  • Level 2 in Brewing Industry Skills
  • Level 2 in Dairy Industry Skills
  • Level 2 in Fresh Produce Skills
  • Level 2 in Food Team Leading
  • Level 3 in Food Management
  • Level 2 & 3 in Fish & Shellfish Industry Skills
  • Level 2 & 3 in Bakery Industry Skills
  • Level 2 & 3 in Food Industry Skills
  • Level 2 & 3 in Meat and Poultry Industry Skills
  • Level 4 in Food Manufacturing Excellence

Our experienced Training Officers can help employees choose the right course at the appropriate level to develop their skills and knowledge. These qualifications are delivered in the workplace.

The Apprenticeship, Traineeship and Jobs Growth Wales Programmes, led by the Welsh Government, are supported by the European Social Fund. For further information regarding this, please click here ยป

Employers we work with:
We have established excellent working relationships with employers across Wales within the Food Manufacturing Industry and we continue to network with employers considering participation with apprenticeships as part of their training development programme.

Contact Us

If you would like more information about training we deliver or are interested in any of our qualifications please don’t hesitate to contact our Head of Business Unit for Food Manufacturing, Chris Jones;