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Christmas opening hours and certification

29/11/2013 Posted in: General news

We would like to notify all our centres that the FDQ offices will close on Tuesday 24th December at 1pm, and will re-open on Thursday 2nd January 2014 at 9am.

 

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Meat business scoops top apprenticeship award

15/11/2013 Posted in: General news

Walter Smith Fine Foods, a specialist meat and fine foods business, based in Birmingham, was last night revealed as the Medium Employer of the Year 2013 in the National Apprenticeship Awards at a ceremony at the NEC.

The Awards, are run by the National Apprenticeship Service and recognise excellence in two areas: businesses that grow their own talent with apprentices and apprentices who have made a significant contribution to their workplaces.

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Counting down to the Food Manufacturing Oscars

12/11/2013 Posted in: General news

The entries are in. The finalists have been announced. The final countdown to the Food Manufacturing Oscars is now on.

FDQ is sponsoring the Training Programme of the Year award at the Food Manufacturing Excellence Awards 2013, hosted by Food Manufacture in just 8 days time. The glittering awards dinner will take place at the Park Lane Hilton, London on Thursday 21st November 2013, with guest host Countryfile presenter, Julia Bradbury.

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SFA issue funding warning

7/11/2013 Posted in: Funding news

We want to make all our centres fully aware of an all-important Skills Funding Agency (SFA) announcement which came out recently; this relates to 19+ funding for qualifications OUTSIDE of the apprenticeship framework.

This means qualifications which sit within apprenticeship frameworks are not affected by this announcement. 

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Reaseheath College to train young butchers

22/7/2013 Posted in: General news

The Great British Butcher Academy team have just announced that they are teaming up with Reaseheath College in Nantwich to train the next generation of british butchers.

Starting in September 2013, young people will be able to embark on a brand new Professional Butchery qualification.

This is one of the most comprehensive courses in the UK, and learners taking this qualification will develop a range of critical butchery skills and knowledge which will prepare them either for an apprenticeship or employment in the sector.

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Tesco builds skills and sales

22/7/2013 Posted in: General news

It is likely that 2013 will be remembered as an unlucky number for large swathes of the food industry in this country. 

Yet whilst the media focus their attention on all that is bad in one part of the food industry, there is a lot happening that is positive in the multi-billion pound seafood industry. An area which may indeed see something of a surge, as consumer confidence is knocked by recent red meat revelations.

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Fairfax Meadow win Training Scheme of 2013

12/7/2013 Posted in: General news

We would like to extend our congratulations to Fairfax Meadow for being awarded Training Scheme of the Year at the prestigious Meat Management Awards 2013, which took place on the 2nd July. We are very proud of Yvonne Yates and her team who deliver consistently high quality training to develop the butchers of tomorrow.

Well done Yvonne!

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Food manufacturers to plug management skills gap

3/7/2013 Posted in: New products

Pioneering new food management qualifications developed with food manufacturers are attracting the attention of some big players.

In response to long term demand from a food industry struggling with skills gaps at lower management level, specialist awarding organisation FDQ has developed these fresh and unique food management qualifications.

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Invest in FME and reap the rewards

30/6/2013 Posted in: General news

It cannot be denied that industry has not been a particularly easy place to be of late. And judging by economic forecasts, although the food industry in the UK is strong and arguably growing, in order to survive - and even better, to thrive - businesses need to be ever smarter, ever leaner, ever more competitive.

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FDQ sponsors high profile Training Award

1/6/2013 Posted in: General news

We are delighted to be able to announce that FDQ is sponsoring the Training Programme of the Year award at the Food Manufacturing Excellence Awards 2013, hosted by Food Manufacture in November. The glittering awards dinner will take place at the Park Lane Hilton, London on Thursday 21st November 2013.

Working with FDQ has ensured that the training we do is right for our business and staff.

Nicola Cousins

Moy Park