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

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

    Dawn Gemmell - Assistant Dean

    University College Birmingham

  • Delivering the WATOK qualifications has proved challenging; but great support from FDQ, we couldn't have done this without you!

    Craig Kirby BSc, BVM&S, MRCVS

    Association of Independent Meat Suppliers

  • The FDQ Assessor qualification has become an integral part of our business strategy, it has exceeded my expectations.

    Bryan Hurst, Training Manager

    Bernard Matthews

  • We are delighted to announce that FDQ has been officially approved as an Apprentice Assessment Organisation for the food industry.

    Derek Williams

    FDQ Director

Pioneering food industry qualifications

We have a dynamic portfolio of qualifications covering the entire food supply chain. From agriculture to retail; manufacturing to hospitality & catering and everything in between. We also offer food-related apprenticeships and deliver a streamlined apprentice assessment service to the food industry. Besides all this we accredit 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.

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)

FDQ position on the Food and Drink Process Operators Diploma Qualifications and Standard

20/2/2017

As centres will be aware the Food and Drink Process Operators Standard was approved in Autumn 2016 and quite unusually includes a qualification that must be completed in full and before end point assessment (EPA) can be conducted. This qualification was conceived by the F&D Trailblazer group without wider industry consultation and in the opinion of FDQ and indeed many other stakeholders poses significant deliverability challenges. Therefore out of responsibility to our centres, and in the best interests of apprentices and employers we have decided not to develop it at Level 2 and will defer judgement on the Level 3 version pending centre feedback.

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Butchery Trailblazer Group Chair appointed to the IFA Board

20/2/2017

The Institute for Apprenticeships is gearing up for its April launch with last week’s announcement of 8 board members. 

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Popular Food and Drink SASE Framework continues

20/2/2017

To ensure stability for the sector and the apprenticeship this popular framework with over 3,500 starts last year will continue throughout 2017/2018 and probably into 2019, until a viable and widely supported replacement Standard is developed. 

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