Adult Funded qualifications

10/8/2015 Posted in: Funding news

The Skills Funding Agency (SFA) has published the register of qualifications that will be funded for adults in 2015-16. We have ensured that those qualifications which are able to meet the SFA Business Rules are still available for funding. 

Level 2 Food Allergen Awareness and Control

5/1/2015 Posted in: New products

FDQ have launched the new Level 2 Award in Principles of Food Allergen Awareness and Control.

Romanian food safety exam papers available

28/10/2014 Posted in: New products

FDQ has released Romanian versions of the examination papers which complement the food safety endorsed programme. We therefore now have exam papers available in EIGHT different foreign languages to support the multi-lingual nature of our food sector.

Centres with approval to offer our suite of food safety programmes in foreign languages are automatically entitled to utilise the new Romanian versions. 

View our newly released FIS qualifications

29/9/2014 Posted in: New products

We would like to draw our centres' attention to the recent release of two new Food Industry Skills (VRQ) learning based qualifications at level 2, now available for use.

These regulated qualifications have been developed and accredited due to demand from centres to provide further progression for learners in a learning based environment. They are therefore appropriate for those who wish to move onto further study or into a career in the food industry.


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.


Delivering the WATOK qualifications has proved challenging; but great support from FDQ, we couldn't have done this without you!

Craig Kirby BSc, BVM&S, MRCVS

Association of Independent Meat Suppliers