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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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  • Butcher standard

    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.

  • Bakery standard

    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.

  • Food & Drink Process Operator standard

    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 throught the country.


  • Fishmonger standard

    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.

  • Abattoir Worker Standard

    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).

  • Advanced Butcher

    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.

  • 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.

We are delighted to launch our End Point Assessment services to the industry.


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