Be spoilt for career choice in the UK’s largest manufacturing industry.
Do you fancy taste testing chocolate or developing crisp flavours for a living? Some of our students have gone on to become buyers, production managers, marketing managers, food technicians and new product developers. Many work for major brand companies, with salaries which are as sweet as their job titles, starting at around £25,000!
Studying food technology, you’ll be part of an exciting industry which is dynamic, fast paced and constantly changing to meet consumer demands. You’ll be encouraged to explore every aspect, from trying out new flavours to market research and packaging.
You’ll have plenty of opportunity to put the theory you’ve learned in the classroom into practice by spending time working hands- on in our commercial dairy processing halls and dedicated butchery, bakery and new product development areas.
We are also working in close partnership with the University of Chester to establish a new Institute of Sustainability and Food Innovation. The institute will bring together our state-of-the-art facilities, including a new food science research laboratory, to support testing, trials and research, and will further develop our strong collaboration with the food and drink industry.
- BSc (Hons) Food Manufacturing with Operations Management (Top-Up)
- FdSc in Food Science and Innovation
- FdSc Bakery & Patisserie Technology
Current job role: Butcher, Grants Butchers
Previous course: FDQ Level 2 Diploma in Professional Butchery (Apprenticeship) 2018
“I’m following in the footsteps of my great- grandfather, who owned several butcher’s shops. I think he must have passed on his passion to me!
“I use traditional knife skills alongside modern methods when I’m preparing meat for the counter. You need to know all the different cuts and how best to present them. Customer service is a big part of the job but I also check the daily orders from local pubs, restaurants and cafes, carry out workplace risk assessments and make sure hygiene standards are being met.
“Doing an apprenticeship suited me because I’m practical and find it easier to learn on the job. I feel that the programme encouraged me to grow as a person, particularly when forming relationships with customers and colleagues.”
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Why study Food Technology at Reaseheath?
We’re industry focused and want to prepare you for a successful career. Our commercial food centre is regarded to be among the best of any college in the world, so training with us is as close to being in industry as you can get!
Become career ready and enhance your CV by completing extra qualifications in key subjects such as health and safety, food safety, risk assessment and HACCP.
Experience working for one of our many regional and national industry partners, including Premier Foods, Sainsbury’s, Bakkavar, Bright Blue Foods, Robinsons, Co-op and Heineken, when completing your industry placement.
Join study tours in the UK and possibly abroad, and enjoy behind-the-scenes visits to a wide variety of businesses to see what it is like working in the industry.
Have the chance to be part of the biggest cheese show in the world – the International Cheese and Dairy Awards.
Gain commercial skills by preparing dairy, bakery and meat products for sale on campus.
Where could your career take you?
If you’re looking for a course that will open doors to a huge range of career opportunities, then a food technology qualification is the perfect choice.
A career in the food industry will give you a job for life, because at the end of the day we all need to eat!
Careers range from employment in the dairy industry, engineering and health and safety sectors to new product development, packaging and food production. You might want to specialise in research, marketing or PR, human resources and logistics or the retail side of the industry, which is all possible with our food courses.
Here’s an idea of the range of jobs you could progress on to:
- Production operative
- Food logistics
- Ingredient and packaging buyer
- Food production engineer
- New product development technologist
- Packaging designer or developer
- Quality assurance technician
- Production manager
- Logistics manager
- Lab technician
- Food nutritionist
- Environmental health officer
Your Reaseheath experience
The majority of our food technology courses are 50% practically based, and are designed to introduce you to the variety of areas that make up the diverse and ever-growing food and drink industry.
You will learn about food science and microbiology – including the science behind brewing cider, basic butchery skills, business management principles, new product development, dairy science, bakery, food safety and sustainability – all to give you a flavour of life in the food industry.
Industry standard facilities
Reaseheath’s industry standard Food Centre was the first educational institution in the world to be awarded the globally recognised British Retail Consortium Grade AA certification for food safety, so we command huge respect within the industry.
As well as working in our state-of-the- art facilities, you’ll also gain experience working with the latest equipment used in the food industry and the department works closely with industry partners, including the likes of Sainsbury’s.
Having a close relationship with industry means major brands use our facilities to develop new products and undertake trials. This opens up lots of opportunities for you to get involved in a range of projects.
You will also be able to enhance your skills with work placements, trips across the UK and study tours. You could visit breweries, bakeries, food manufacturers and learn from world class experts in the field.
The food industry is dynamic, fast-paced and high-tech, not to mention well paid! An apprenticeship is ideal for you if you’re looking to go straight into a job, while studying at the same time. There are lots of exciting opportunities for progression and roles that require a range of responsibilities. Our apprentices work for a variety of high-profile companies, such as Müller, Dairy Crest, Arla, Appleby Creamery, Bakkavor and Grant’s Butchers.
Once you have completed your food technology course, you may decide that you want to progress onto higher level study. You could for example study a Foundation Degree in Food Science and Innovation or Bakery and Patisserie at University Centre Reaseheath. We also offer a BSc (Hons) in Food Manufacturing with Operations Management Top-Up to help you further enhance your career in the food industry. Or, you may decide that you want to progress onto a higher level apprenticeship, like Project Eden.
Project Eden is a degree level apprenticeship developed to meet the demands of the dairy industry in conjunction with Reaseheath College. It is designed to develop well-rounded Dairy Technologists with a passion for the dairy industry.
“The food and drink industry offers great opportunities for keen young people. There are many companies investing in training for their next generation employees. I think that students on Reaseheath’s Food Technology courses gain an excellent overview of the industry and that gives them the building blocks for a career within the food and drinks sector.”
“We recently welcomed Reaseheath’s Food Technology and Management students on a tour of our creamery. These opportunities are always a highlight for us as industry professionals because we understand that engaging young food technologists is important for both their growth and future, as well as creating a bright future for the food industry as a whole.”
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