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Specialist food industry apprentice assessment services

  • The world of apprenticeships is changing, with the introduction of new Trailblazer Apprenticeships, based on Standards

    Being food specialists ourselves, likewise FDQ are best placed to respond to these changes – by designing apprenticeship services that work in real life, not just on paper

      We’re committed to helping you develop skilled apprentices that really make a difference in their workplace

      But we also know that training has to fit in with the day to day running of a food business. So, using our industry expertise, we’ve developed a range of apprenticeship services that will fit seamlessly into the daily work of food businesses

      They include:

      • registration and management services
      • mandatory and supporting qualifications
      • independent end point assessments (including preparation)
      • rigorous quality assurance
      • apprentice log books and documentation
      • grading and certification


      Our services are:

      • flexible and fast
      • good value
      • independent
      • streamlined with our awarding services
      • expert
      • designed to work around you

       

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  • Level 2 EPA for Butcher ST0078

    Butchery is one of the oldest crafts in the world and is where innovation meets tradition to create an industry which plays a critical role in our economy.

    These apprenticeship standards have been designed to fully prepare English apprentices for careers in a vast range of butchery environments and businesses; from the largest processors and supermarkets to the smallest high street butchers and independent farm shops.

  • Level 2 EPA for Baker ST0191

    Bakers work in one of the largest, most dynamic and fastest growing sectors of the food industry. Every day bakers make and sell millions of loaves of bread and baked foods such as cakes, pies, pastries and biscuits.

    This level 2 apprenticeship standard is designed to fully prepare English apprentices for careers in a wide range of bakery environments – from traditional family bakers to large automated bakery plants to those working in supermarkets.

  • Level 2 EPA for Food & Drink Process Operator ST0199

    The food industry is worth £96.1 billion to the UK economy, making it a fantastic place to build an exciting and diverse career. As an industry it is packed with big brands, fast moving work and great career paths.

    This apprenticeship standard is designed to fully prepare apprentices to work within the food and drink manufacturing industry. Apprentices successfully achieving their Food and Drink Process Operator apprenticeship will have proven they possess the skills, knowledge and behaviours required by manufacturers throughout the country.

     

  • Level 2 EPA for Fishmonger ST0194

    Fishmongers are the face of the British seafood industry, an industry which generates annual sales of over £6.2 billion. A qualified fishmonger isn’t only highly skilled at cutting and preparing fish, but also provides first-rate customer service and is a recognised expert on fish and shellfish.

    The Level 2 Fishmonger standard prepares apprentices for working in a range of environments, from supermarket fish counters to independent fishmongers, at home or abroad. Talented fishmongers may even go on to set up their own businesses.

  • Level 2 EPA for Abattoir Worker ST0418

    The red meat abattoir industry employs around 6,000 workers and makes a net contribution to the UK economy of over £1.67bn.

    A strictly regulated industry, abattoir workers must uphold professional behavioural standards at all times. The abattoir apprenticeship is designed to develop the skills, knowledge and behaviours required both by the standard and by employers in the red meat slaughter industry.

    Successful apprentices will not only be competent and disciplined workers but may aspire to progress their career. Further opportunities in the abattoir industry include: managing a slaughter-line, supervising the cutting and de-boning operations or even becoming an Animal Welfare Officer (AWO).

  • Level 3 EPA for Advanced Butcher ST0077

    The meat industry today is diverse, fast moving and worth billions to the UK economy. Advanced Butchers may find themselves taking responsibility for a production line in a large meat processing plant, running an independent butchers shop or managing a major supermarket’s meat counter. The key word is ‘responsibility’.

    The Level 3 Advanced Butcher Apprenticeship is designed to prepare butchers to take responsibility, whichever business they’re in. As well as high level butchery skills they’ll develop the managerial and technical skills needed to contribute to profitability, and the safe, efficient operation of the business.

  • Level 3 EPA for Food and Drink Advanced Process Operator

    The food and drink industry is one of the largest and fastest growing sectors of the UK economy. It’s a dynamic industry, with new food and drink brands being launched every week. UK produced products are shipped and sold all around the world too. The food and drink advanced process operator apprenticeship will suit dynamic people looking to further their careers in food manufacturing. In fact this apprenticeship is an ideal spring board for future food industry leaders.

  • Why FDQ

    We are an apprentice assessment organisation, approved by the SFA and listed on the Register of Apprentice Assessment Organisations. This gives us the authority to officially conduct and quality assure independent end-point assessment of apprenticeships.
  • Why FDQ

    As a commercial business, with decades of food industry expertise, we understand the pressures faced by businesses daily. We therefore offer huge flexibility to ensure that our AAO services fit seamlessly with your operation.
  • Why FDQ

    We place your apprentice at the heart of our apprenticeship products and services; with our support they will develop the skills and knowledge you need to drive your business forward in today’s competitive marketplace.
  • Why FDQ

    Our apprentice assessment products and services are streamlined and professional to keep client costs low and processes lean and efficient.
  • Why FDQ

    Our apprentice services are developed and delivered exclusively by food industry assessment experts to meet the complex needs of the food industry, whilst also ensuring absolute rigour and robust assessment against the official apprenticeship standards.

After months of development it is great to see FDQ be approved to deliver butchery end point assessments

Lucianne Allen

Chair of the Butchery Employer Standard Group

From Butchery Apprenticeship to Bakery Apprenticeship

28/10/2019

...Why both are no-brainers for businesses large and small.

I was lucky enough to be part of the dream team that designed the butcher standard – the first food craft apprenticeship to be approved by government. Now I head up the leading end-point assessment organisation for the butchery apprenticeship. As a result I feel pretty confident to pass comment on it.

Quite simply the butchery apprenticeship standard is transforming the butchery profession – for the better. Age-old butchery skills are being revived. That deep knowledge of the meat supply chain is being re-instilled. The industry asked itself the question, ‘What does it mean to be a butcher today?’, and the apprenticeship answered it.

But don’t take my word for it. Ask the 1000+ apprentices who’ve enrolled since 2018, the family businesses whose futures are now secured, or the retail giants, Morrisons and Sainsburys, who know a good thing when they see it and have hundreds of apprentices on programme.

So, what’s this got to do with bakery, I hear you say?

Because the bakery industry is on the brink of doing the same. We know there’s a market opportunity, but it has yet to take off for some SMEs due to funding obstacles. It will take a concerted joint effort by training providers and SME employers to demand that funding is directed to where it’s needed. Butchery overcame similar issues and I’m confident that the baking industry will do too. And here are 10 good reasons why the bakery apprenticeship is worth fighting for:

1.    It attracts 5 times the funding of the previous framework, £9,000 per apprentice

2.    Small bakery businesses only contribute £450 at most, and that cost is waived if you have less than 50 employees and apprentices aged under 19

3.    Largescale bakers have a dedicated ‘automated baker’ pathway within the apprenticeship

4.    It’s not just for youngsters! There are no upper age limits so the bakery apprenticeship can be used to ‘train and certify’ your whole workforce

5.    The employer is King! They negotiate the training contract based on what their business needs

6.    It delivers apprentices with proven skills – the compulsory end-point assessment ensures apprentices only qualify when they’ve mastered the skills employers need

7.    Apprentices are tested by independent industry examiners with years of experience – making success at end-point assessment a real confidence booster for the apprentice

8.    20% off the job need not be a barrier – training providers are now adept at managing this requirement creatively so as not to impact the smooth running of a business

9.    It’s meeting the needs of all types of bakery businesses today, with half the current apprentices being supermarket bakers and half being craft or automated bakers

10  All successful apprentices receive both an apprenticeship certificate PLUS a L2 Bakery Diploma

In short, bakery employers and training providers, it’s time to make it happen!

 

Find out more about the bakery apprenticeship and end-point assessment here or call us on 0113 3970 395 to discuss your business needs

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Food and Drink Process Operator Apprenticeship boosts PepsiCo’s Apprenticeship Programme

11/10/2019

Food manufacturing giant and FDQ end-point assessment customer, PepsiCo, are embracing the FDPO apprenticeship to enhance and standardise their training across their Walkers Crisps production sites.

Over fifty apprentices have successfully completed their FDQ end-point assessment (EPA) and PepsiCo now have around 275 apprentices on programmes throughout the UK.

Mandy Reader, Organisational Capability Manager, UK and Ireland, explains how the Food and Drink Process Operator apprenticeship fits into their ‘Grow our Own’ strategy,

“We have a four-stage technical pipeline and our aim is to develop our own technical talent from entry level, General Support Operators. The FDPO apprenticeship enabled us to map our training needs into a nationally accredited qualification. This makes it a much more attractive prospect for potential candidates. They can see that there’s a career path open to them if they work hard. For some it’s the first time they’ve ever achieved a qualification.”

With over 1500 applicants for less than 100 vacancies recently, their approach looks to be working.

End-point assessment a game changer!

Managing a multi-site apprenticeship programme requires significant resource, according to Reader. In her view, key to PepsiCo’s success is the three-way partnership between FDQ, as their EPA partner, PepsiCo, and CQM, their training provider. EPA represents a game changer for everyone, says Reader,

“For business and apprentices, EPA provides independent verification that they have achieved a recognised industry standard, one developed by food manufacturers themselves. For us it’s vitally important to work with a food specialist EPA organisation. With high volumes of apprentices going through end-point assessment, having assessors with solid occupational experience combined with a dedicated EPA Manager is central to the success of the programme.”

The Food and Drink Process Operator Apprenticeship is now firmly established as the entry level production qualification for PepsiCo’s UK businesses. It has resulted in what Reader believes are ‘Gold Standard’ General Operators. And she’s not the only advocate of their apprenticeship programme. PepsiCo won the Food Manufacture Training Award in 2018 and have recently been named as an East Midlands Regional Finalist in the Employer of the Year category of the 2019 National Apprenticeship Awards.

Find out more about the Food and Drink Process Operator apprenticeship and end-point assessment here.

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