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Harrods launches Gourmet Food qualification with FDQ

20/8/2014 Posted in: General news

Harrods has become the UK’s first retailer to launch a nationally-recognised qualification in gourmet food, working with FDQ. Harrods Gourmet Food Academy is a bespoke educational programme developed with the FDQ team and accredited as a Level 3 qualification. This will provide Harrods Sales Associates expert training across a range of luxury food categories within the store’s iconic Food Halls.

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Morrisons first retailer to claim WATOK certificates

13/8/2014 Posted in: General news

Morrisons is the first food retailer whose colleagues have achieved the Welfare of Animals at the Time Of Killing (WATOK) qualifications.

The WATOK qualification assesses and confirms the competence of individuals in ensuring the highest possible standards of welfare of animals at the point of slaughter.

UCB bakers claim 16 awards

1/8/2014 Posted in: General news

The Alliance for Bakery Students & Trainees (ABST) annual conference, held at Alton Towers, Staffordshire, saw UCB’s budding bakers compete against their peers in several categories, including bread and fermented goods, pastry, confectionery and cake decoration.

Judges awarded marks based on the goods’ appearance, skill levels, taste, technique and workmanship.

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Some lovely news...

29/7/2014 Posted in: General news

On Saturday 26th July, our Quality Coordinator, Yvette married her Fiance James at a stunning country hotel in Yorkshire. 

Congratulations Yvette and James!

Yvette is taking some well earned holiday with her new husband this week. But will be back with us on 4th August, before she jets off on Honeymoon in September.

FDQ bakery centres are victorious

28/7/2014 Posted in: General news

The Alliance for Bakery Students & Trainees (ABST) annual conference, held at Alton Towers, Staffordshire recently saw a number of FDQ centres achieving victory against tough competition.

FDQ centres and their Professional Bakery learners won a huge number of prized trophies and accolades, across a range of disciplines.

 

Level 3 fresh produce qualifications extended

14/7/2014 Posted in: General news

We have extended our FDQ Level 3 Proficiency in Fresh Produce Industry Skills qualifications.

The following qualifications now have a registration end date of: 31st December 2015 and certification end date of 31st December 2018.

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You said, we did...

25/6/2014 Posted in: General news

Following fantastic customer survey results revealed in April, we have been working to identify important areas of improvement to our service and product range.

We are taking action in the following areas:

  • communication
  • monitoring levels of responsiveness
  • product portfolio
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Butchery apprenticeship standard submitted

25/6/2014 Posted in: General news

The CHAIR APPROVED STANDARD, as submitted to The Department for Business Innovation and Skills (BIS), is now available to you. Get your copy here.

The Butchery Apprenticeship Standard was submitted to BIS on Friday 20th July, supported by 11 letters of support from employers and from the IoM.

This is currently being reviewed by an independent panel appointed by BIS.

From there the Standard and High Level Assessment approach document will be go to Minister Hancock for final approval and hopefully publication on 19th July.

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Work experience & internship portal for food industry

25/6/2014 Posted in: General news

Did you know that IFST - supported by Warburtons, Waitrose and FTC - are soon to launch a brand new, free website designed to help young people start their careers in the food industry? The website will enable food industry employers to connect with those looking for work experience and internship opportunities within the food industry.

In order to begin addressing one of the major challenges facing the food sector, ie. the fact that insufficient numbers of new talent are currently joining our industry, IFST is planning to launch FoodStart. A project designed to help the next generation of food professionals take their first steps into a career in food.

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Ofsted recognised 'excellent partnerships' at National Centre for Food Manufacturing

18/6/2014 Posted in: General news

Following an inspection of Food Apprenticeships and English Language courses at the Centre, Ofsted inspectors concluded that “employers value highly the very good training their employees receive, which is designed carefully to meet the very specific needs of their businesses; excellent partnerships with a wide range of employers are at the heart of this successful provision.”

I have no hesitation in choosing FDQ for our compliance qualifications. Their expertise and service are second to none.

Mark Otley

Arko Training Limited