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Reasons to Switch to FDQ

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1. We're the only food and drink specialist EPAO

We think the food industry deserves to have their EPA services delivered by people who really understand it and have the necessary experience. We're proud to have the industries best EPA Managers and Examiners as part of the FDQ team.

2. Awarded specialist sector EPAO of the year in 2022

FDQ received this award for our performance across all of the standards we are approved to deliver. Recognised by the Federation of Awarding Bodies as the very best awarding and assessment practice.

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3. Top satisfactory ratings

Apprentices have ranked FDQ's Independent Examiners with a satisfactory rating of 9.5. Your apprentices also receive a personalised one to one service, overall the support staff scored 9.2. FDQ conduct pre-site visits on all EPA's to fully prepare each apprentice to give them the best opportunity on the day.

4. Not for profit organisation

Part of the FTC group, we pride ourselves in being a not-for-profit organisation which enables us to focus on doing the right thing and not just driving the bottom line. We’ve been developing accredited qualifications throughout the UK for almost 20 years. However, our roots trace back to 1946, with the establishment of the Institute of Meat (IoM). The IoM remains a sister organisation and a valuable source of meat industry expertise to this day.

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What our customers Say...

“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”

Mandy Reader


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7. Recognised Awarding Organisation

FDQ Limited is a recognised Awarding Organisation with CCEA Regulation, Ofqual and Qualifications Wales. We are approved to deliver over 100 food and drink qualifications, from short food safety courses to 4 year professional and workplace proficiency programmes, find out more.

6. Support Material

FDQ strive to provide unrivaled support to all our apprentices and learning providers, from providing the best possible customer care and support to sharing support materials. These include Apprentice Guides, Handbooks, sample exams and more.

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5. No hidden or upfront fees

Our priority is to ensure there are no surprises before, on or after the big day, for you and your apprentices. After booking an EPA with us you can expect a pre-EPA site visit (or virtual visit) free of charge. See our competitive EPA pricing here or our Qualifications Fees here.

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