Got a view on Functional Skills?

4/6/2014 Posted in: General news

Got a view on how Functional Skills is working for our sector? Ofqual wants to know about it.

Now is your chance to get yourself heard.

Ofqual is carrying out a survey about Functional Skills qualifications; the survey can be completed by following the link below, if it is relevant to you or your organisation.

Functional skills survey click here.


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.


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AELP conference

20/5/2014 Posted in: General news

Just a couple of weeks to go to the AELP National Conference, the 'Skills and Employability’ event. 

This year’s AELP conference presents an opportunity to listen to first-hand news on planned policy development in several key areas e.g.

• Skills and sustainable employment: challenges now and ahead;
• Transition to work;
• Careers dvice for young people;
• Labour’s plans for Apprenticeships and skills;
• Improving service delivery and
• The outlook for skills and employment programmes.

Find out more here.

Morrisons, Aubrey Allen & Faccenda lead consultation call

14/5/2014 Posted in: General news

The butchery apprenticeship reform consultation led by employers including Morrisons, Faccenda, Aubrey Allen, Walter Smith Fine Foods, Fairfax Meadow and Bernard Matthews, is now open to all those working in the butchery sector. Businesses in the sector now have a 2 week window – until 30th May 2014 - to have their say and further hone the standard, to ensure it meets the needs of the sector now and in the future.

The consultation on the new standard based apprenticeships takes the form of a questionnaire supported by review of the proposed butchery apprenticeship standard, click this link.

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What do our customers really think?

17/4/2014 Posted in: General news

Thanks to all those who took the time to complete our customer survey this year.

We are delighted with the results!

Brief summary:

  • 100% of those who completed the survey would recommend us to others
  • 100% rated the quality and flexibility of our service either excellent or good
  • 81.5% said we always successfully resolve queries in a reasonable time frame
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Revised food and drink apprenticeship framework

16/4/2014 Posted in: General news

On the 4th April a revised food and drink apprenticeship framework came into force, the most recent framework is now issue 11 FRO2735.
The framework has been reduced in size with some pathways being removed.
It is very important that centres completing ILR documentation for new starts from 4th April must use the new issue 11 code FRO2735.
Please review the framework to identify changes which may affect your centre.
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Foodex success for Walter Smith's FDQ learner

15/4/2014 Posted in: General news

FDQ Meat and Poultry learner, Chris Riley, has been crowned Premier Young Butcher 2014 at a marathon competition held at Foodex at the NEC last month.

Chris, a twenty year old apprentice butcher at Midlands based Walter Smith Fine Foods, excelled in four of the six categories in what is fast becoming the most exciting skills competition for eighteen to twenty three year old meat trade apprentices in the UK. 

The twenty year old beat four other apprentice butchers  from across the UK in a five hour marathon making and displaying Ready to Eat, Stuffed Roast, Seam Butchery, Barbeque and Kitchen Ready products.

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The Great FE and Skills Survey 2014

3/4/2014 Posted in: General news

The Great FE and Skills Survey which has been organised by FE Week and Policy Consortium will close on Friday 4th April.

The survey is designed to provide a detailed picture picture of shifting attitudes and responses to changes in government policy and practice.

Please try and spare five minutes in the next couple of days to complete this important survey of the sector. You could even win the latest ipad or an FE Week subscription.

Improvements to our secure centre management system

1/4/2014 Posted in: General news

On the 11th March 2014 we wrote to all our centres to provide an update on some important changes that we are making to our secure centre management system, FDQAwards.

These changes will enhance the online services available from FDQ, and will be implemented by close of play 1st April 2014.

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Verner Wheelock launch fresh new look

17/3/2014 Posted in: General news

Food industry training specialist, Verner Wheelock, will be exhibiting at Foodex for the very first time this year. The award-winning company, whose client list includes a range of well known food manufacturers and retailers has chosen the exhibition to unveil its new corporate identity.

Managing Director, Alison Wheelock, said “We’re really pleased with the new branding and felt that Foodex was the ideal opportunity to launch it. We have recently extended and completely refurbished our training facilities, which comfortably accommodate up to 14 delegates at a time and also incorporates the latest state-of-the-art audio visual equipment."

They have empowered Morrisons to unlock the true potential of our apprentices. The outcome is highly skilled craft butchers and bakers.

Apprenticeship Manager