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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Food Training Council charity announced

6/3/2014 Posted in: General news

Last week at its annual general meeting national meat training charity, MTC, announced an expansion of their charitable remit to cover the full food supply chain thus reflecting the makeup of the food industry today.

This announcement also revealed a new name for the charity, which from now on will be known as the Food and Drink Training and Education Council Ltd (FTC).

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IoM and MTC identify stars of the future

28/2/2014 Posted in: General news

This week Butchers’ Hall was the setting for a prestigious awards ceremony held by the Meat Training Council (MTC) and the Institute of Meat (IoM). The event publicly honoured and rewarded the achievements of students, apprentices, businesses and learning providers from around the UK and Ireland who achieved excellence and demonstrated an unswerving commitment to building the skills needed to secure the future of the meat industry.

The ceremony was attended by a range of meat industry representatives from across the sector: including businesses such as Dunbia, ABP and Fairfax Meadow; owners of small retail butchers as well as trainers and assessors from meat focussed learning providers.

View the awards video here.

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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.

Safe use of knives in meat inspection was developed with FDQ to achieve national accreditation.

David Rose

Health & Safety Advisor

Food Standards Agency