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Food and Drink Process Operator Apprenticeship boosts PepsiCo’s Apprenticeship Programme image

Food and Drink Process Operator Apprenticeship boosts PepsiCo’s Apprenticeship Programme

11/10/2019 Posted in: General news

Food manufacturing giant and FDQ end-point assessment customer, PepsiCo, are embracing the FDPO apprenticeship to enhance and standardise their training across their Walkers Crisps production sites.

Over fifty apprentices have successfully completed their FDQ end-point assessment (EPA) and PepsiCo now have around 275 apprentices on programmes throughout the UK.

Mandy Reader, Organisational Capability Manager, UK and Ireland, explains how the Food and Drink Process Operator apprenticeship fits into their ‘Grow our Own’ strategy,

“We have a four-stage technical pipeline and our aim is to develop our own technical talent from entry level, General Support Operators. The FDPO apprenticeship enabled us to map our training needs into a nationally accredited qualification. This makes it a much more attractive prospect for potential candidates. They can see that there’s a career path open to them if they work hard. For some it’s the first time they’ve ever achieved a qualification.”

With over 1500 applicants for less than 100 vacancies recently, their approach looks to be working.

End-point assessment a game changer!

Managing a multi-site apprenticeship programme requires significant resource, according to Reader. In her view, key to PepsiCo’s success is the three-way partnership between FDQ, as their EPA partner, PepsiCo, and CQM, their training provider. EPA represents a game changer for everyone, says Reader,

“For business and apprentices, EPA provides independent verification that they have achieved a recognised industry standard, one developed by food manufacturers themselves. For us it’s vitally important to work with a food specialist EPA organisation. With high volumes of apprentices going through end-point assessment, having assessors with solid occupational experience combined with a dedicated EPA Manager is central to the success of the programme.”

The Food and Drink Process Operator Apprenticeship is now firmly established as the entry level production qualification for PepsiCo’s UK businesses. It has resulted in what Reader believes are ‘Gold Standard’ General Operators. And she’s not the only advocate of their apprenticeship programme. PepsiCo won the Food Manufacture Training Award in 2018 and have recently been named as an East Midlands Regional Finalist in the Employer of the Year category of the 2019 National Apprenticeship Awards.

Find out more about the Food and Drink Process Operator apprenticeship and end-point assessment here.

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FAB 2019 Finalists

26/9/2019 Posted in: General news

We’ve just heard that FDQ have been shortlisted as a finalist in the Awarding Organisation of the Year category at the Federation of Awarding Body (FAB) Awards 2019.

Food Manufacture talks to Terry Fennell

6/9/2019 Posted in: General news

Respected trade title, Food Manufacture, recently approached our CEO on the subject of how apprenticeships can help attract people into the industry. We know the new apprenticeship standards, especially the food and drink processes operator apprenticeship could be game-changers for the industry. But is the message getting across? Read the full article here

 

MEAT Ipswich learner is FDQ’s 100th EPA success!

15/5/2019 Posted in: General news

 

 Owen Smith

 Owen Smith learning lamb butchery skills at MEAT Ipswich butchery school.

 

  

Owen Smith (18) has become our 100th successful EPA candidate. Owen trained for his butchery apprenticeship with MEAT Ipswich, where his trainer, Stuart Davis, said of him,

 

"Owen is a pleasant and very well mannered young man. Owen has gained confidence throughout his apprenticeship and has applied his learning to practical situations at his place of work, enabling him to adapt certain practices to suit the needs of the company. "

 

Originally studying for  ‘A’ levels, Owen realised the academic route wasn’t for him, so applied for an apprentice butcher job with Ansell and Sons in Maldon, Essex. Though at first he struggled working a 39 hour week he enjoyed the butchery training, especially as he was being paid to learn! Since completing his butchery apprenticeship and end-point assessment he has become an integral part of the team. He loves interacting with people and feels he learns something new every day.

 

Now more than ever apprenticeships are a great way of bringing new people into your team, or developing the skills of existing staff. On 1st April employer contributions were halved from 10% to 5%. This means the Government funds 95% of the apprenticeship training costs. In some circumstances 100% of training costs are covered. Talk to one of our friendly team to find out more.

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FDQ reach end-point assessment milestone

15/3/2019 Posted in: General news

FDQ reach end-point assessment milestone

Institute of Meat and Worshipful Company of Butchers Prize-giving is a Royal Celebration image

Institute of Meat and Worshipful Company of Butchers Prize-giving is a Royal Celebration

25/2/2019 Posted in: General news

The achievements of apprentices, their training providers and employers were celebrated on the 21st February at the IoM annual prize-giving, at The Painters Hall, London.

 

 

MM Women in Meat Industry Awards 2018

15/11/2018 Posted in: General news

Two familiar faces to FDQ have been nominated as finalists in the Meat Management Women in Meat Industry Awards. 

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Small employers receive Budget boost with apprenticeship fees halved

29/10/2018 Posted in: General news

In future small businesses need only contribute 5% towards their apprentices training, Chancellor Philip Hammond announced yesterday.

Dovecote Park celebrate achieving ‘Green’ centre quality rating for WATOK image

Dovecote Park celebrate achieving ‘Green’ centre quality rating for WATOK

25/10/2018 Posted in: General news

Showing their commitment to high standards, Dovecote Park brought their training team together this week for a celebratory photo of them receiving their ‘Green’ centre certification from FDQ.