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Auditing skills for the food industry

10/2/2014 Posted in: General news

Responding to the introduction of unannounced retailer audits and unannounced BRC audits, Verner Wheelock Associates (VWA) have developed specialist auditing skills programmes for the food industry.

FDQ is delighted to endorse these auditing skills training programmes. They have been designed to enable businesses to ready themselves for the unannounced audits which have become part of life in the food industry.

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The future of baking

7/2/2014 Posted in: General news

A member of the Warburtons family enjoyed a slice of college life after being invited to officially open new bakery teaching facilities in Leeds this week.

Executive Director Mr Brett Warburton paid a visit to the invitation only event at Leeds City College’s new Printworks Campus in Leeds on the 4th of February.

The event, at which Mr Warburton unveiled a special plaque to mark the occasion, was attended by representatives from high profile bakery businesses including AAK, Bakels, Callebaut, Bettys and Fox’s Biscuits. 

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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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Pork Farms and CQM's FME successes

31/1/2014 Posted in: General news

The Pork Farms Palethorpes business has successfully been able to realise and expand the previously underutilised skills base of its existing workforce.

Working directly alongside Palethorpes, CQM Training & Consultancy Ltd (CQM T&C), an approved FDQ centre, implemented an extensive programme of workforce development that would unlock value and increase performance in a continuous and sustainable way.

Workplace training launched!

31/1/2014 Posted in: General news

As more and more employers are taking ownership of their on and off the job training, it is vital that high quality workplace training skills and knowledge are properly developed and recognised.

We have launched this new workplace training qualification - effectively a train the trainer programme - to enable businesses to ensure their workplace trainers' skills and knowledge are optimised.  The more skilled the trainer; the more effective the training and the greater benefits for both worker and business.

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Cake fit for a King

30/1/2014 Posted in: General news

A massive well done to UCB's assistant dean Dawn Gemmell, who created a spectacular “toybox” celebration cake for the future king, Prince George.

The elaborate storybook cake, was presented to the prince’s father, the Duke of Cambridge, during a private visit to the university in November. The visit included a private lunch attended by specially chosen UCB students, including two lucky FDQ Professional Bakery students. 

Dawn, who is head of bakery at UCB’s College of Food, has now baked cakes for three generations of the Royal family.

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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.

Let us promote you!

7/1/2014 Posted in: General news

We are now able to promote your centre via both our website and social media.

If you would like us to run a success story, share a case study or promote a course, then please contact

There is no charge for this, so please do get in touch!

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Fame at last!

12/12/2013 Posted in: General news

After two years of remaining in the background at FDQ, I decided to claim some of the limelight myself and do an interview with Hot Courses!

Many FDQ centres already have a presence on this site, so in order to support their promotional work I wanted to provide background information about our remit.

You never know you might learn something you didn't already know about FDQ!

FDQ’s food safety and HACCP package is brilliant! It’s so flexible; saving us time and money whilst maintaining quality.

Yvonne Yates

Fairfax Meadow