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

  • I have no hesitation in choosing FDQ for our food safety qualifications. Their expertise and service is second to none.

    Chris Edwards - Senior Technical Manager

    Arla Foods UK

  • 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

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.

Thanks to FME our business has reduced waste, saved money, solved problems and won awards!

Victoria Corson

Britvic Soft Drinks

What do our customers really think?


Thanks to all those who took the time to complete our customer survey this year.

We are delighted with the results!

Brief summary:

  • 100% of those who completed the survey would recommend us to others
  • 100% rated the quality and flexibility of our service either excellent or good
  • 81.5% said we always successfully resolve queries in a reasonable time frame
  • More than 90% feel we provide enough support in: centre requirements and processes; assessment; centre handbook; qualification advice
  • More than 80% feel we provide enough support and expertise in both EQA and IQA
  • Many would like to see more from us in terms of CPD workshops, regional meetings and conferences
  • 94.6% are finding the new www.fdq.org.uk website useful or very useful


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Revised food and drink apprenticeship framework


On the 4th April a revised food and drink apprenticeship framework came into force, the most recent framework is now issue 11 FRO2735.
The framework has been reduced in size with some pathways being removed.
It is very important that centres completing ILR documentation for new starts from 4th April must use the new issue 11 code FRO2735.
Please review the framework to identify changes which may affect your centre.
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Foodex success for Walter Smith's FDQ learner


FDQ Meat and Poultry learner, Chris Riley, has been crowned Premier Young Butcher 2014 at a marathon competition held at Foodex at the NEC last month.

Chris, a twenty year old apprentice butcher at Midlands based Walter Smith Fine Foods, excelled in four of the six categories in what is fast becoming the most exciting skills competition for eighteen to twenty three year old meat trade apprentices in the UK. 

The twenty year old beat four other apprentice butchers  from across the UK in a five hour marathon making and displaying Ready to Eat, Stuffed Roast, Seam Butchery, Barbeque and Kitchen Ready products.

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