Feedback from Industry Survey and NSAFD decision on future of Food and Drink Framework

1/12/2017 Posted in: General news

A huge thanks to all of you who took the time to complete our industry survey on the closure of the Food and Drink Framework in April 2018. Although 87.5% of you voted against the closure of the framework, the NSAFD in their position as issuing authority, have chosen to press ahead with their plans to close it in April.

Level 2 Butchery Standard Log Books and OneFile

24/11/2017 Posted in: General news

FDQ have developed a ‘How to Guide’ for current and new customers who are interested in uploading their Level 2 Butchery Standard Log Books to the OneFile System, please click on the following link to access this guide.

For further guidance on the OneFile software please email the EPA Team on

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

19/11/2017 Posted in: General news

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.

Qualification review

26/9/2017 Posted in: General news

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

Free place on the L2 Diploma in Food and Drink Operations information day

14/9/2017 Posted in: General news

On the 5th October between 10.30-2.30 we'll be running a Qualification Delivery Information Day, here at FDQ head office. This is your day, completely focused on providing everything you need to know to successfully deliver this qualification. Apply now!

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.

I find the clarity of FDQ's qualification structures, and wording of learning outcomes and assessment criteria to be excellent.

Jane Emery - Deputy Chief Executive
Institute of Food Science and Technology (IFST)