FDQ developed flexible qualifications which can raise skills and performance across the seafood industry.
This encompasses almost 15,000 businesses, employing more than 70,000 individuals. Most of the businesses in the onshore sectors are micro businesses employing less than 10 staff. With a business dependent upon such a small workforce it is essential that everyone knows what they are doing and is able to work together as a close knit team to deliver a quality product and service.
Outside of the medium to large processors and manufacturers, managers and staff are usually expected to be multi skilled and multi tasking. This has presented challenges in designing flexible and broad based qualifications that can attract and excite individuals who can harvest the fish, process the fish, sell and cook the fish and shellfish that our industry is dependent on.
These qualifications are designed for those who are working in a fish and shellfish business. They offer the opportunity to develop skills and knowledge required to confirm competence at work in fish and shellfish operative or technical roles. Learners can qualify in areas as diverse as storage and handling, fish and shellfish processing, sales and service, fish frying, packing and distribution.
These qualifications provide businesses with an opportunity to develop good practices and understanding. They allow skills and knowledge to be developed in a wide variety of areas depending upon the type of business and processes/products that apply.
The broad menu of skills and knowledge within the qualifications can be chosen to reflect the role, responsibilities and development needs of learners. These include compliance functions like food safety and health and safety; operative functions including fish and shellfish processing, sales, problem resolution and specific functions like packaging and labelling.
Level 2 Certificate for Proficiency in Fish and Shellfish Industry Skills - £80.00
Level 2 Diploma for Proficiency in Fish and Shellfish Industry Skills - £80.00
Level 3 Certificate in Proficiency in Fish and Shellfish Industry Skills - £90.00
Level 3 Diploma in Proficiency in Fish and Shellfish Industry Skills - £90.00
These are particularly popular with employers as training and assessment can be carried out largely within the workplace. This means qualifications can be undertaken during the working day and require minimal time off the job.
The qualifications and associated training can be tailored to be relevant to an individual’s daily work and business procedures, to ensure maximum benefit is derived by both the learner and their business.
Owen Smith learning lamb butchery skills at MEAT Ipswich butchery school.
Owen Smith (18) has become our 100th successful EPA candidate. Owen trained for his butchery apprenticeship with MEAT Ipswich, where his trainer, Stuart Davis, said of him,
"Owen is a pleasant and very well mannered young man. Owen has gained confidence throughout his apprenticeship and has applied his learning to practical situations at his place of work, enabling him to adapt certain practices to suit the needs of the company. "
Originally studying for ‘A’ levels, Owen realised the academic route wasn’t for him, so applied for an apprentice butcher job with Ansell and Sons in Maldon, Essex. Though at first he struggled working a 39 hour week he enjoyed the butchery training, especially as he was being paid to learn! Since completing his butchery apprenticeship and end-point assessment he has become an integral part of the team. He loves interacting with people and feels he learns something new every day.
Now more than ever apprenticeships are a great way of bringing new people into your team, or developing the skills of existing staff. On 1st April employer contributions were halved from 10% to 5%. This means the Government funds 95% of the apprenticeship training costs. In some circumstances 100% of training costs are covered. Talk to one of our friendly team to find out more.Read more