Level 2 EPA for Food & Drink Process Operator ST0199

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The Level 2 FDPOS is designed to train apprentices, typically working on food production lines, to work safely and efficiently. The average duration of the apprenticeship is between 12-18 months, with the end point assessment (EPA) conducted on site when the apprentice is deemed competent and ready. The apprenticeship is graded at Pass, Fail, Merit or Distinction.

Requirements

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

Training programme

Apprentices will need to complete a training programme designed to cover the key knowledge, skills and behaviour requirements of the Standard. To find out more about the Food and Drink Process Operator Apprenticeship see the Standard

Mandatory Qualifications

  • Level 1 English
  • Level 1 Mathematics
  • Level 2 Diploma in Food and Drink Operations*

*As part of the development of the Standard the Trailblazer group responsible stipulated that a new qualification should be a compulsory part of the apprenticeship. In response to market demand FDQ have developed our own approved version of this qualification, which comprises 8 units/ 37 credits and meets all the requirements of the Standard.

Apprentices are also required to attempt Level 2 English and Maths prior to EPA, but success at this level is not compulsory.

Need a handy end-to-end reference guide to the apprenticeship, diploma and end-point assessment? Download it here 

Food and Drink Process Operator End Point Assessment (EPA)

FDQ are an approved end-point assessment organisation for the Food and Drink Process Operator Standard. To see what’s involved in the FDPO end-point assessment download our handy guide here.

Alternatively to find out more about the Level 2 Food and Drink Diploma or EPA, talk to one of our friendly team on 0113 3970 395 or email us at EPA@fdq.org.uk

 

 

 

 

 

Food & Drink Process Operator standard

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End-point assessment

From Butchery Apprenticeship to Bakery Apprenticeship

28/10/2019

...Why both are no-brainers for businesses large and small.

I was lucky enough to be part of the dream team that designed the butcher standard – the first food craft apprenticeship to be approved by government. Now I head up the leading end-point assessment organisation for the butchery apprenticeship. As a result I feel pretty confident to pass comment on it.

Quite simply the butchery apprenticeship standard is transforming the butchery profession – for the better. Age-old butchery skills are being revived. That deep knowledge of the meat supply chain is being re-instilled. The industry asked itself the question, ‘What does it mean to be a butcher today?’, and the apprenticeship answered it.

But don’t take my word for it. Ask the 1000+ apprentices who’ve enrolled since 2018, the family businesses whose futures are now secured, or the retail giants, Morrisons and Sainsburys, who know a good thing when they see it and have hundreds of apprentices on programme.

So, what’s this got to do with bakery, I hear you say?

Because the bakery industry is on the brink of doing the same. We know there’s a market opportunity, but it has yet to take off for some SMEs due to funding obstacles. It will take a concerted joint effort by training providers and SME employers to demand that funding is directed to where it’s needed. Butchery overcame similar issues and I’m confident that the baking industry will do too. And here are 10 good reasons why the bakery apprenticeship is worth fighting for:

1.    It attracts 5 times the funding of the previous framework, £9,000 per apprentice

2.    Small bakery businesses only contribute £450 at most, and that cost is waived if you have less than 50 employees and apprentices aged under 19

3.    Largescale bakers have a dedicated ‘automated baker’ pathway within the apprenticeship

4.    It’s not just for youngsters! There are no upper age limits so the bakery apprenticeship can be used to ‘train and certify’ your whole workforce

5.    The employer is King! They negotiate the training contract based on what their business needs

6.    It delivers apprentices with proven skills – the compulsory end-point assessment ensures apprentices only qualify when they’ve mastered the skills employers need

7.    Apprentices are tested by independent industry examiners with years of experience – making success at end-point assessment a real confidence booster for the apprentice

8.    20% off the job need not be a barrier – training providers are now adept at managing this requirement creatively so as not to impact the smooth running of a business

9.    It’s meeting the needs of all types of bakery businesses today, with half the current apprentices being supermarket bakers and half being craft or automated bakers

10  All successful apprentices receive both an apprenticeship certificate PLUS a L2 Bakery Diploma

In short, bakery employers and training providers, it’s time to make it happen!

 

Find out more about the bakery apprenticeship and end-point assessment here or call us on 0113 3970 395 to discuss your business needs

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