To reflect the nature of many food businesses today, our qualifications cover the food supply chain.
Agriculture and farming are critical to providing a sustainable food source to both UK and export markets. The current focus is around sustainability, environmental issues, animal welfare and driving up food quality.
This part of the supply chain has never been more challenged by consumer and retailer demands. Therefore innovation, responsiveness and high levels of safety, hygiene and traceability are paramount.
The interface between product and consumer, this is a diverse area with increasing choice for demanding consumers. The internet continues to have a significant impact on all businesses.
This is a dynamic and fast moving industry where cost control is paramount. Automation in storage facilities is advancing rapidly and energy efficiency a major concern for transportation businesses.
I find the clarity of FDQ's qualification structures, and wording of learning outcomes and assessment criteria to be excellent.
Jane Emery - Deputy Chief Executive
Institute of Food Science and Technology (IFST)
Last week at its annual general meeting national meat training charity, MTC, announced an expansion of their charitable remit to cover the full food supply chain thus reflecting the makeup of the food industry today.
This announcement also revealed a new name for the charity, which from now on will be known as the Food and Drink Training and Education Council Ltd (FTC).Read more
This week Butchers’ Hall was the setting for a prestigious awards ceremony held by the Meat Training Council (MTC) and the Institute of Meat (IoM). The event publicly honoured and rewarded the achievements of students, apprentices, businesses and learning providers from around the UK and Ireland who achieved excellence and demonstrated an unswerving commitment to building the skills needed to secure the future of the meat industry.
The ceremony was attended by a range of meat industry representatives from across the sector: including businesses such as Dunbia, ABP and Fairfax Meadow; owners of small retail butchers as well as trainers and assessors from meat focussed learning providers.Read more
Responding to the introduction of unannounced retailer audits and unannounced BRC audits, Verner Wheelock Associates (VWA) have developed specialist auditing skills programmes for the food industry.
FDQ is delighted to endorse these auditing skills training programmes. They have been designed to enable businesses to ready themselves for the unannounced audits which have become part of life in the food industry.Read more