The abattoir worker apprenticeship is designed to train apprentices to work safely and efficiently, with high regard for animal welfare and health and hygiene practices. It is expected to take between 16-22 months to complete the apprenticeship.
There are 3 components to the apprenticeship: the training programme, mandatory qualifications and end-point assessment.
Apprentices will complete a training programme designed to equip them with the key knowledge, skills and behaviours required by the abattoir apprenticeship standard. The standard covers the apprentices core obligations, from receiving animals in lairage to their humane slaughter and hygienic evisceration. For details of the abattoir apprenticeship see the standard and download the assessment plan here.
* Abattoir workers must hold a valid licence to operate, known as a Certificate of Competence (CoC) that is granted by the Food Standards Agency (FSA), to comply with WATOK (Welfare of Animals at Time of Killing) legislation. To obtain this licence, apprentices must achieve the Level 2 WATOK award, which is a mandatory accredited qualification within the apprenticeship.
Apprentices must also attempt Level 2 English and Maths before completing their end-point assessment. Success at this level is not a requirement of the apprenticeship though.
FDQ are approved by the Education and Skills Funding Agency (ESFA) to deliver end-point assessment for the abattoir apprenticeship. This means we'll now be able to offer everything from qualification registrations right through to WATOK and end-point assessment. Services are in development for the abattoir end-point assessment and will be available Spring 2019 - well ahead of time for apprentices working towards the Abattoir Apprenticeship Standard.
To find out more about the abattoir apprenticeship, its EPA or the WATOK qualification, talk to one of our friendly team on 0113 3970 395, or e-mail us at EPA@FDQ.org.uk
Alternatively, download our handy guide to the Abattoir EPA here.
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.
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