• FDQ pioneers the most innovative qualifications in the food industry – for the food industry.

  • Delivering the WATOK qualifications has proved challenging; but great support from FDQ, we couldn't have done this without you!

    Craig Kirby BSc, BVM&S, MRCVS

    Association of Independent Meat Suppliers

  • The FDQ Assessor qualification has become an integral part of our business strategy, it has exceeded my expectations.

    Bryan Hurst, Training Manager

    Bernard Matthews

  • FDQ provide an excellent, supportive service and their qualifications are really rewarding to teach

    Dave Podmore

    Cargill Meats Europe

Pioneering food industry qualifications

We have a dynamic portfolio of qualifications covering the entire food supply chain. From agriculture to retail; manufacturing to hospitality & catering and everything in between. We also offer food-related apprenticeships and deliver a streamlined apprentice assessment service to the food industry. Besides all this we accredit cross-functional qualifications such as food management, team leading, food safety and health & safety.

Covering the
food supply chain

To reflect the nature of many food businesses today, our qualifications cover the food supply chain.

  • Agriculture and farming
  • Food processing and manufacturing
  • Retail, catering and hospitality
  • Warehousing and distribution
  • Why FDQ

    We pioneer food qualifications which deliver sustainable business results for the fast-paced food and drink industry in the UK. We are an agile operation driven by our vision and tenacity to grow alongside our learners, centres and clients.
  • Why FDQ

    We believe in the power of the food industry to drive the UK economy, and are tenacious in our commitment to fill skills gaps. We do this through qualifications and training; bringing young people into the industry and up-skilling existing teams.
  • Why FDQ

    We are accredited and regulated by Ofqual, who give us the power to develop and award food industry qualifications. We have built a portfolio packed with sector and supply chain qualifications to meet your business needs.
  • Why FDQ

    We pride ourselves on both our heritage and our youth. Having been an awarding organisation for more than 14 years we have real depth of experience. Yet we have built a team with the innovation, flexibility and drive demanded by the food industry today.
  • Why FDQ

    We are proud to share our expertise with our clients. We have a team of qualifications and food specialists, who are focused on helping drive centre business in challenging economic and political times.

Thanks to FME our business has reduced waste, saved money, solved problems and won awards!

Victoria Corson

Britvic Soft Drinks

Telephone issues


Wednesday 22 November 2017, 11am

At present there are some issues with the telephones in our area which are beyond our control.  Engineers are working to restore the lines as soon as possible.

If you need to contact us, please email fdq@fdq.org.uk and leave your name and contact details, we will call you back.

Apologies for any inconvenience.

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Proposed closure of the SASE Food and Drink Framework – Make your voice heard


The NSAFD, in their capacity as an Issuing Authority, recently announced plans to withdraw the popular Food and Drink Framework from 30 April 2018. FDQ and other awarding organisations are concerned that employers and training providers have not been adequately consulted. Many of you may want to retain a choice between framework pathway or apprenticeship standard, until suitable new Standards are properly established.

The Education and Skills Funding Agency policy on removal of apprenticeship frameworks could allow the framework to remain funded until 2019. A meeting between awarding organisations, led by FDQ and hosted by the ESFA and the NSAFD, is scheduled for the end of November to review the NSAFD’s decision. A vital element of this meeting will be industry opinion.

Your views matter

This is your chance to influence what happens in April 2018. So, please take a few minutes now to give your views in this short survey. Whilst employer and provider responses will be notified to the ESFA the names of the respondents will not be disclosed to the NSAFD. The survey will close at noon on Monday 27th November. We will share feedback on the FDQ website.

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Qualification review


A number of our products require review, feedback from our centres is essential in ensuring FDQ qualifications continue to meet the needs of our centres, the food industry and its workforce. The qualifications affected can be found here.

If you would like to provide feedback please contact Jo Sterritt at fdq@fdq.org.uk

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