Yvette Boland is leaving

5/9/2017 Posted in: General news

Sadly FDQ Operations Manager, Yvette Boland has decided not to return to FDQ this month, following her maternity leave. All at FDQ would like to wish her well for the future. As before, it’s business as normal at FDQ though and centres can contact our main office with any enquiries. One of our team members will be only too happy to help

FDQ Chief Executive announced as Finalist in National Awards

7/8/2017 Posted in: General news

We’re delighted to share the news with you that Terry Fennell has been selected as a finalist in the Federation of Awarding Bodies (FAB) 2017 Awards.


Meat Industry’s Finest Celebrated at Meatup

12/6/2017 Posted in: General news

Meatup, one of the biggest events in the meat industry calendar took place at Arena MK in Milton Keynes on 24-25 May. The two day event consisted of seminars, competitions and exhibitions,  all of which demonstrated the dynamism of the meat industry today. Here we take a look at some of the highlights.

FDQ to offer L2 Food and Drink Process Operator Standard

27/4/2017 Posted in: General news

Your opinion matters to us. So since you told us that you needed a deliverable replacement for the SASE framework, we've been working around the clock to find a solution. 

And we think we've done just that. 

Introducing the FDQ Level 2 Diploma in Food and Drink Operations


First End Point Assessments sat by Butchery Trailblazers

10/4/2017 Posted in: General news

The first butchery trailblazer apprentices have sat their end point assessments. The three apprentices, Reece Nevard, Stephen Maltby and Curtis Brind each completed their end point assessments after twelve months of foundation and craft training in butchery.

Butchery Trailblazer Group Chair appointed to the IFA Board

20/2/2017 Posted in: General news

The Institute for Apprenticeships is gearing up for its April launch with last week’s announcement of 8 board members. 

Popular Food and Drink SASE Framework continues

20/2/2017 Posted in: General news

To ensure stability for the sector and the apprenticeship this popular framework with over 3,500 starts last year will continue throughout 2017/2018 and probably into 2019, until a viable and widely supported replacement Standard is developed. 

FDQ getting it right, first time!

20/2/2017 Posted in: General news

Did you know 6 out of 10 new apprenticeship proposals are currently rejected on quality grounds? FDQ is proud to be associated with the butchery and abattoir trailblazer employer groups and so far we’ve had all our Apprenticeship Standards approved first time.

First end point assessments coming soon

20/2/2017 Posted in: General news

FDQ is currently one of 43 Assessment Organisations  approved by the Skills Funding Agency to offer end point assessments and since January 2016 it has been developing the EPA for the Butchery Standard.

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