Bakery isn’t just about bread (just ask Paul Hollywood!) and bakers don’t only work in small businesses. Every day bakers also produce millions of cakes, pastries and biscuits, many of them working in large automated commercial bakeries or baking products for customers in store at your local supermarket. The Level 2 Bakery Apprenticeship Standard equips learners to be able to produce a variety of products and work in a range of bakery roles. On average, it takes 18-24 months to complete.
There are 3 components to the apprenticeship: the training programme, mandatory qualifications and end point assessment (EPA).
Apprentices will need to successfully complete the 4 mandatory Standard components: core knowledge, skills and behaviours plus choose between a craft, in-store or automated bakery specialism. To find out more about the Bakery Apprenticeship see the Baker Standard
Apprentices are also required to attempt Level 2 English and Maths prior to EPA, but success at this level is not compulsory.
*This is a new qualification mandated in the standard. It is graded at Pass, Fail, Merit and Distinction. The FDQ Diploma in Bakery is a 37 credit/266-270 GLH diploma, well matched to the ability of level 2 apprentices. Developed with input from the bakery industry, it meets all the requirements of the standard and also allows for study of additional bakery skills, as the industry requested. Apprentices study 8 core units and 2 further units, specific to each of the three pathways: craft baker, in-store baker and automated baker. Unique to FDQ’s diploma though are ‘added value’ units in specialist skills such as cake decorating and artisan patisserie. Find out more about the diploma and FDQs support materials by downloading the specification here.
FDQ are approved by the Education and Skills Funding Agency (ESFA) to deliver end-point assessments for the Bakery Standard Apprenticeship.
This means we’re able to offer everything from qualification registration right through to end-point assessment (EPA) for bakery.
These are work-based qualifications, which are usually delivered and assessed in the workplace; they are especially popular with employers as they can be undertaken during the working day, and require minimal time
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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