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.

Bank Holiday opening hours

29/4/2016 Posted in: General news

Our office opening hours for the Bank Holiday are as follows; closing 5:30pm on Friday 27th May and re-opening on Tuesday 31st May at 9am.

Do you have what it takes to be named the UK's most talented Butcher?

1/4/2016 Posted in: General news

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Talented butchers across the UK have the opportunity to showcase their skills and battle it out to become champion in the Butchery WorldSkills UK National Competition for the second time this year.

Verner Wheelock students achieve outstanding results for Auditing courses

1/4/2016 Posted in: General news

Food industry training experts Verner Wheelock first began running FDQ auditing courses in September 2013. Over the past two years they have trained over 500 delegates in Auditing Skills courses, with extremely impressive results.

Verner Wheelock developed their own suite of auditing courses several years ago because they felt that accredited courses at the time were based far too much on theory alone. They lacked the necessary practical elements to give delegates the skills and confidence to perform effective audits themselves.


Butchery Trailblazer launch success

1/4/2016 Posted in: General news

On Tuesday 22nd March, Institute of Meat (IoM) and the Food Training and Education Council (ftc) successfully launched the butchery trailblazer standard at Level 2, at Brewers Hall in London.

FDQ officially approved as an Apprentice Assessment Organisation

18/1/2016 Posted in: General news

We are delighted to announce that FDQ has been officially approved by the SFA as an Apprentice Assessment Organisation (AAO), listed on the Register of AAOs. 

This means that as of January 2016 there will be whole new arm to our business. To this end, clients will see us roll out an array of specialist apprentice end-point assessment products and services to food industry centres old and new.

Who will be your champion?

1/12/2015 Posted in: General news

It is that time of the year again to nominate your most outstanding students, apprentices or providers for a prize at the popular coveted meat industry awards organised by Institute of Meat (IoM) and Worshipful Company of Butchers’ (WCB)


Watok Update - October 2015

1/10/2015 Posted in: General news

Finally, after almost 34 months of transitional procrastination it looks like Government will act to implement Watok Regulations in England in early/mid-November. With grandparent rights running out on the 8th December (end of the transitional provisions in Article 29 (2) of Council Regulation (EC) 1099/2009), there is very limited time for the Food Standards Agency (FSA) to issue Certificates of Competence. 

I would particularly commend the interactive elements of the course.