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We have achieved truly sustainable gains in terms of performance and waste reduction thanks to FME.

Mark Heath

Operations Manager

Cott Beverages

Food Manufacturing Excellence (FME) is a sustainable and business driven approach to continuous improvement. Since its launch, FME has generated significant commercial wins for food supply chain businesses.

To remain competitive - or even better to thrive - in a challenging and fast paced environment, food businesses need to be genuinely lean and agile.

Until now, many food businesses have used Business Improvement Techniques (BIT) to drive improvement and assist in their quest for the best of lean manufacturing. FME was launched following industry feedback that BIT was not meeting the needs of food businesses in managing the change necessary to support improvement.  

FME has provided a continuous improvement solution for food businesses. Empowering them to drive productivity, reduce waste, improve efficiency and achieve sustainable growth. 

Wherever your business is on the lean journey, this qualification is right for you.

It doesn't matter whether you are yet to embark on a lean journey or whether you are already years into a lean programme. To find out more technical information about the qualification, read on. To speak to us please call us today!

FME qualifications

Suite purpose

This suite of FME qualifications is suitable for food operatives, supervisors and managers working in a food supply chain business which is already on, or preparing to embark upon an improvement journey.

FME enables learners to work and train in project teams to develop the critical skills and knowledge to deliver business improvement and sustainable growth and to prove competence at core production and or manufacturing activities.

These qualifications offer a unique blend of change management, team working and improvement tools and techniques which work together to deliver change. Change management sits at the heart of the lean principles where communication behaviour and team working perform together to create a sustainable continuous improvement culture.

There are a range of qualification options appropriate to job level. Thus enabling those at different stages in their career to contribute significantly to the business improvement process. These improvement processes will make an essential contribution to the achieving excellence strategy of the business.

The level 2 FME qualifications are most suitable for operatives who are working in businesses that are undergoing improvement, and who want to develop basic skills in change management, working with others and the lean tools and techniques necessary to support improvement.

The level 3 FME qualifications are most suitable for improvement/lean project team leaders or supervisors who are responsible for implementation and control of the activity.

The level 4 FME qualifications are most suitable for those working as lean project managers who own the process and are responsible for managing and driving the improvement or lean projects.




Level 2 Certificate for Proficiency in Food Manufacturing Excellence - £80.00

Level 2 Diploma for Proficiency in Food Manufactuing Excellence - £80.00

Level 3 Certificate for Proficiency in Food Manufacturing Excellence - £90.00

Level 3 Diploma for Proficiency in Food Manufacturing Excellence - £90.00

Level 4 Certificate for Proficiency in Food Manufacturing Excellence - £109.50



FDQ Level 2 Certificate for Proficiency in Food Manufacturing Excellence

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FDQ Level 2 Diploma for Proficiency in Food Manufacturing Excellence

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FDQ Level 3 Certificate for Proficiency in Food Manufacturing Excellence

Qualification structure

FDQ Level 3 Diploma for Proficiency in Food Manufacturing Excellence

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FDQ Level 4 Certificate for Proficiency in Food Manufacturing Excellence

Qualification structure

Competence based qualifications

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.

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From Butchery Apprenticeship to Bakery Apprenticeship


...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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