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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 Food and Drink Advanced Process Operator ST0196

    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.

  • 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 4 EPA for Brewer ST0580

    The UK brewing and pub industries are a significant contributor to the National economy and breweries represent a diverse sector of UK food and drink manufacture. There are over 2000 breweries operating in the UK and which vary considerably in size and production capabilities with outputs that range from 300 hectolitres to over 5m hectolitres per year. The majority of beer produced for sale in the UK is sold as lager typically in kegs, bottles and cans. UK brewers are also famous throughout the world for production of cask conditioned beer, typically ale. Irrespective of ale and lager, UK brewers now produce over 140 different styles of beer. The number of breweries in the UK has grown in recent years, along with the variety of beers produced, making it an exciting time to work in the industry.

  • 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.

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Cornish Baker first in England to achieve Level 2 Craft Baker Apprenticeship


Jason Bennellick, of Prima Bakeries, Scorrier, has become the first bakery apprentice in England to successfully complete the L2 Craft Baker Apprenticeship, achieving a Merit grade.

The L2 Baker Standard contains three distinct routes, one of which is Craft Baker. This specialism was designed to revive traditional craft bakery skills, which the apprentice must prove in their bakery end-point assessment.   

Supporting Jason in his apprenticeship learning and end-point assessment preparation were Truro and Penwith College. The college introduced the Baker Apprenticeship Standard in 2018, in recognition of the importance of the baking industry to the Cornish economy.

Baking Lecturer and course developer, David Williams, who himself has 40 years’ experience in craft bakery said he was ‘very proud’ of Jason’s achievement. He added,

‘It has been a pleasure to work alongside Prima to develop our Bakery Apprenticeship programme and deliver the skills needed in the workplace’

Prima’s Managing Director, Mark Norton, described the bakery apprenticeship as ‘exemplary’ and that Prima were keen to take on a new apprentice to help build the future of craft baking in Cornwall.

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