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)
Finally, after almost 34 months of transitional procrastination it looks like Government will act to implement Watok Regulations in England in early/mid-November. With grandparent rights running out on the 8th December (end of the transitional provisions in Article 29 (2) of Council Regulation (EC) 1099/2009), there is very limited time for the Food Standards Agency (FSA) to issue Certificates of Competence.Read more
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.
A few weeks ago I was fortunate enough to attend a celebration of Verner Wheelock Associates (or VWA as some of you may know it as), welcoming its 25th year in business, in a picturesque setting in Skipton. There was a wonderful afternoon of well wishes, stories and the insightful history of where Verner Wheelock began. We took a trip down memory lane by revisiting old photos, staff and learners alike. It really was a well organised and poignant celebration of their resounding success.Read more