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The Advanced Butcher apprenticeship develops responsible, senior level butchers, capable of progressing not only in butchery but other roles in the meat industry, including: sales, training, production and retail management. Advanced Butchers are multi-skilled; precision knife skills are only part of their skillset. The apprenticeship is set at level 3 and takes between 18-24 months to complete.

Requirements

There are 3 components to the apprenticeship: the training programme, mandatory qualifications and end-point assessment (EPA).

Training Programme

Advanced butchery apprentices will need to complete a training programme designed to cover the core knowledge, skills and behaviours required by the Standard. Apprentices choose from a retail, processing plant or supermarket in-store specialism, to ensure the skills developed are best suited to their work environment. For detail of the advanced butcher apprenticeship programme see the ‘Purpose and Structure’ document in the box below. To find out more about the Advanced Butcher Apprenticeship see the Advanced Butcher Standard.

Mandatory qualifications

  • Level 3 Award in Food Safety Supervision
  • Level 3 Award in HACCP for Food
  • Level 3 Award in Health and Safety in the Food Supply Chain Business
  • Level 2 Mathematics
  • Level 2 English

Advanced Butcher End Point Assessment (EPA)

FDQ are approved by the ESFA to deliver EPA for the Advanced Butcher apprenticeship.  The assessment instruments include:

  • Multiple choice test
  • Practical observation with questions
  • Interview
  • Portfolio

To see what's invloved in the Advanced Butcher end-point assessment download our handy guide.

For further advice, or to book an EPA, please either contact us at EPA@FDQ.org.uk or call us on 0113 3970 395 to speak to a member of our friendly team.

 

Advanced butcher apprenticeship standard

Purpose and structure
End-point assessment

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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FAB 2019 Finalists

26/9/2019

We’ve just heard that FDQ have been shortlisted as a finalist in the Awarding Organisation of the Year category at the Federation of Awarding Body (FAB) Awards 2019.

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