We say goodbye albeit temporarily for maternity leave...

20/2/2017 Posted in: General news Yvette Boland our Operations Manager who is having a baby in March and we wish her all the very best. Ali Kaye will be holding the fort for centre operations while Yvette is away and we are delighted to confirm that FDQ has recruited our first apprentice Joe Seddon who will bolster our administration services going forward. 

To book on the FDQ conference 2017...

17/2/2017 Posted in: General news

The FDQ Annual Conference will be looking at how the changes to apprenticeships will impact on the Food Industry. Register to find out more about the funding changes, employer levy and end point assessment with speakers from the Department of Education, The Institute for Apprenticeships as well as employers and providers.

Dunbia celebrate academy success!

1/12/2016 Posted in: General news

Dunbia Sawley praised the achievements of its Butchery Academy apprentices; Josh Bridges, Thomas Achaski and Dawid Bak on completion of their 12 month Butchery Academy Apprenticeship Programme. 

WorldSkills...the winner is...

1/12/2016 Posted in: General news

WorldskillsfinalistsAfter months of hard work the Butchery final at WorldSkills took place on 17th and 18th November at the Birmingham NEC. Competitors were the highest scorers from heats in England, Wales and Northern Ireland. 

Institute of Meat (IoM) annual prizegiving-nominate now!

29/11/2016 Posted in: General news

Tuesday 21st February see’s the annual Institute of Meat (IoM) prizegiving taking place. The ceremony will take place at Tallow Chandlers Hall in London and be a celebration of achievement for outstanding learners, apprentices or providers.


Breaking: Hotly anticipated apprenticeship levy funding update released

12/8/2016 Posted in: General news

Today marks the release of the much anticipated apprenticeship levy update. It is stated that nearly all employers will only have to contribute 10 per cent to the cost of an apprenticeship from April 2017, the Department for Education has announced this morning.

The news, previously reported when leaked by FE Week, comes as part of a three week consultation which details how much colleges and training providers would be paid for apprenticeships once the levy kicks in

Watok consultation-second draft

20/7/2016 Posted in: General news

The review of the Welfare of Animals at Time of Killing (Watok) qualification is now well under way. Many of you have already assisted with this and we would be grateful if you would continue to do so.

Government skills plan published today!

8/7/2016 Posted in: General news

The report by the independent panel on technical education, chaired by Lord Sainsbury, is published. In parallel, the Government published its Skills Plan, which responds to the panel’s recommendations and sets out our overarching framework for the skills system.  Both are available here.

BBC Food and Farming award winners Charcutier Ltd!

18/5/2016 Posted in: General news

We are delighted to announce that FDQ centre Charcutier Ltd were winners of ‘Best Food Producer’ at the BBC Food and Farming Awards 2016. The awards have 10 categories which reflect the changes in British food culture, new ideas and business trends. Judges receive thousands of nominations from every region and a shortlist of three finalists in each category is decided and signed off by the entire judging panel.

Find out more about the Meat and Poultry qualifications these winners studied.