21/5/2014 Posted in: Funding news

SFA Contracts 2014 to 2015 

The Skills Funding Agency (SFA) plan to issue contracts for 2014 to 2015 delivery to providers and employers through the Hub in June. This follows the publication of the 2014 to 2015 funding statements on the Hub in March. All organisations that will hold a 2014 to 2015 contract with the SFA need to register on the Hub by the end of May to receive their new contract.


Level 2 Fish and Shellfish industry skills

13/3/2014 Posted in: New products

We have just received confirmation from Ofqual that amends to the Level 2 Fish and Shellfish Industry Skills Award, Certificate and Diploma qualifications have now been approved.

Please use updated structure and unit documents only.

To view the amended qualifications, please visit our Fish and Shellfish suite page.


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Apprenticeship reform event

4/2/2014 Posted in: Funding news

The AELP is running a conference on 20th February in London, arranged to give providers the opportunity to gain an update and to facilitate a debate on how the Apprenticeship Reforms are progressing. 
In particular, attendees will hear from government departments and how apprenticeship Trailblazers are progressing.  

The key issues from within the Technical Consultation will be outlined, this will cover the implementation and impact of any changes to apprenticeship funding. 

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Funding extension: Level 2 Cert Fish and Shellfish

21/1/2014 Posted in: Funding news

We are delighted to confirm that following a successful appeal to the SFA, on behalf of our centres, the SFA have agreed to continue funding the Level 2 Certificate for Proficiency in Fish and Shellfish Industry Skills until 31st March 2015.

This means that funding will continue for learners aged 19+, so providers can continue to use their adult skills budget to fund this qualification as standalone.

To find out more about this qualification, please click here.

FDQ Assessment app - reduce paperwork, save time

8/1/2014 Posted in: New products

The newly launched FDQ assessment tool, is available to demo today!

This FDQ Assessment System is a tablet based app, which can be used both online and offline, designed to expedite and improve the assessment process from the very first time you use it. It will reduce unnecessary paperwork, improve accuracy and save your assessors' time and money.

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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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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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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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Arla and FDQ drive food safety

7/5/2013 Posted in: New products

In a drive for increased consumer protection and industry excellence, the UK’s largest dairy company Arla Foods has pioneered a unique new take on dairy specific food safety training in the industry.

The PUWER qualification is fit for purpose for all types of companies and equipment.

Warren Spiers

Spiers Engineering Safety