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The new Butcher Apprenticeship is designed to equip apprentices with the skills, knowledge and behaviours required by butchery employers. The Butcher Apprenticeship is endorsed by the Institute of Meat (IoM) – the professional body for those working in the meat industry. For the first time in its seventy year history the IoM has opened its doors to apprentice members. Highly respected in the meat industry, the new Apprentice Membership (App.Inst.M) will be automatic upon purchase of the FDQ apprentice logbook.

Requirements

There are 3 components to the butcher apprenticeship: the training programme, mandatory qualifications and end point assessment.

Training programme

  • Apprentices will need to complete a training programme designed to cover the 4 mandatory standard components: core knowledge, butchery skills, behaviours and either retail or process butchery specialism. All apprentices will be required to complete and submit a logbook to demonstrate learning and achievement prior to end point assessment.

FDQ apprentice logbook

  • The FDQ butcher logbook, compiled by meat industry experts, is an easy to follow ‘step by step’ guide through the apprenticeship. Recording how the standard is met in the logbook not only provides the necessary evidence of achievements but also helps cement the apprentice’s learning. Once completed it is a valuable reference tool in preparations for end point assessments. FDQ Approved centres can order theirs here. Alternatively if you are not a centre, contact FDQ on 0113 3970 395 or by email at fdq@fdq.org.uk 
  • FDQ have developed a ‘How to Guide’ for current and new customers who are interested in uploading their Level 2 Butchery Standard Log Books to the OneFile System, please click on the following link to access this guide. For further guidance on the OneFile software please email the EPA Team on EPA@FDQ.org.uk.

Mandatory qualifications

  • Level 2 Award in Food Safety for Manufacturing or Meat and Poultry
  • Level 2 Award in Health and Safety in the Food Supply Chain Business
  • Level 2 Award in Knife Skills for Food Processing
  • Level 1 English
  • Level 1 Mathematics

To find out more about the Butcher Apprenticeship see the Butchery Standard.

After months of development it is great to see FDQ be approved to deliver butchery end point assessments

Lucianne Allen

Chair of the Butchery Employer Standard Group

Butcher end point assessment

Our end point assessments are fully independent providing absolute rigour and robust assessment against the butchery standard. All our assessments have been developed exclusively by food industry experts to meet current industry practice.

Butcher apprentices will need to complete and pass the following three end-point assessments:

  • theory of butchery test
  • butcher practical assessment
  • vocational competence discussion supported by the apprentice's butchery logbook.

Apprentices will not be able to complete these assessments until all the mandatory components listed above have been achieved.

End point assessments are undertaken in examination conditions, assessed by an FDQ appointed independent examiner and will be individually graded, as Fail, Pass or Excellence.

Our flexible approach means that they can be carried out in the working environment or at an independent assessment centre. 

For more information on the butchery end-point assessment download our handy guide here.

Still have a question about butchery end-point assessment? Call one of our friendly team on 0113 3970 395 or email us at EPA@fdq.org.uk

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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.

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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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