The UK Food Standards Agency (FSA) has endorsed a new route to qualification for those wanting to further their career in food standards and trading standards. The new apprenticeship program will contribute to the pipeline of officers who can carry out official food safety controls.

FSA partnered with the Chartered Institute of Trading Standards (CTSI) and an industry “Trailblazer Group” to recognize a Level 6 Trading Standards Practitioner (TSP) apprenticeship scheme, which will involve apprentices being trained and assessed against both CTSI’s Professional Competency Framework and FSA’s Competency Framework for delivering Official Food and Feed Controls.

It is expected that up to 100 candidates will start the Level 6 apprenticeship over the next 12 months.