• FDQ pioneers the most innovative qualifications in the food industry – for the food industry.

  • They have empowered Morrisons to unlock the true potential of our apprentices. The outcome is highly skilled craft butchers and bakers.

    Vera Foreman - Apprenticeship Manager


  • We recommend FDQ’s professional bakery qualifications. They are particularly versatile and students have been fully engaged.

    Dawn Gemmell - Assistant Dean

    University College Birmingham

  • The success of our skills system rests on the value of our qualifications. We ought to be served by the very best qualifications in the world.

    Matthew Hancock

    Minister for Skills and Enterprise

  • We are delighted to be working with luxury retailer Harrods to develop and quality assure their bespoke gourmet food qualification.

    Derek Williams - FDQ Director


Pioneering food industry qualifications

We have a dynamic portfolio of competence based, professional and learning focused qualifications covering the food supply chain. From agriculture to retail; manufacturing to hospitality & catering and everything in between. We also offer cross functional qualifications such as food management, team leading, food safety and health & safety.

Covering the
food supply chain

To reflect the nature of many food businesses today, our qualifications cover the food supply chain.

  • Agriculture and farming
  • Food processing and manufacturing
  • Retail, catering and hospitality
  • Warehousing and distribution
  • Why FDQ

    We pioneer food qualifications which deliver sustainable business results for the fast-paced food and drink industry in the UK. We are an agile operation driven by our vision and tenacity to grow alongside our learners, centres and clients.
  • Why FDQ

    We believe in the power of the food industry to drive the UK economy, and are tenacious in our commitment to fill skills gaps. We do this through qualifications and training; bringing young people into the industry and up-skilling existing teams.
  • Why FDQ

    We are accredited and regulated by Ofqual, who give us the power to develop and award food industry qualifications. We have built a portfolio packed with sector and supply chain qualifications to meet your business needs.
  • Why FDQ

    We pride ourselves on both our heritage and our youth. Having been an awarding organisation for more than 14 years we have real depth of experience. Yet we have built a team with the innovation, flexibility and drive demanded by the food industry today.
  • Why FDQ

    We are proud to share our expertise with our clients. We have a team of qualifications and food specialists, who are focused on helping drive centre business in challenging economic and political times.

We use FDQ’s food safety to ensure legislative compliance and high quality, safe food.

Richard Dilworth - Group Safety and Training Manager


FDQ Annual Conference 2015


We are pleased to confirm that the date for the FDQ Annual Centre Conference is Wednesday 18th November 2015 at The Village Urban Resort Hotel, Leeds.

It’s a time of considerable change in learning and skills! The provision of food sector training and qualifications challenges our skills in efficient and effective delivery. So it’s no surprise that this year’s event will be taking a look at key developments over the coming year; how these might impact on provision and potential solutions.


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Do you know who the UK’s best butcher shop is?


Now is the time to get entering the race to become the UK’s best butcher shop. Meat Trades Journal’s annual butcher shop of the year search is on. The entries for the annual competition are now open, with 12 categories to choose from! 

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Lead Auditor course spaces


Verner Wheelock Associates (VWA) are currently running FDQ Lead Auditing and Auding Skills courses throughout the year.

Places are still avaliable for the Lead Auditing courses, which commence the week begining 22nd June, with a special offer in place!

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