16/4/2018 Posted in: General news
Having worked in the meat trade for almost half a century people often ask how I stay so motivated and interested in the business. That’s an easy question to answer – “because butchery is an exciting business to be in.”
16/3/2018 Posted in: General news
As my intended five-year stint with FDQ has now stretched to thirteen years, I have decided the time must be right to step down as Chairman of FDQ. My extended period of office is a measure of how much I have enjoyed working with this organisation, and seeing it develop into the leading food specialist awarding body it is today. I shall miss FDQ greatly, particularly the team; although I'll not be disappearing completely as I remain CEO of our parent company ftc, the skills charity.
14/3/2018 Posted in: General news
13/3/2018 Posted in: General news
Butchery’s not just for boys
Being National Butchers Week this week and International Women’s Day only last week it seems a good time to highlight the success of Hannah Blakey, an apprentice butcher from Yorkshire.
Hannah has just been awarded Apprentice of the Year by the York Butchers Gild. This is just the tip of the iceberg of her many achievements though.
In the last two years Hannah has:
All this and she’s only 18. As the slogan says, ‘GET IN, GO FAR’
Find out more about our butchery apprenticeship here
20/12/2017 Posted in: General news
All FDQ Level 2 Butcher apprentices receive automatic free membership to respected industry body, the Institute of Meat, once they enrol and purchase their logbook? For the first time in its 71 year history the Institute of Meat (IoM) has opened its doors to apprentice members.
1/12/2017 Posted in: General news
A huge thanks to all of you who took the time to complete our industry survey on the closure of the Food and Drink Framework in April 2018. Although 87.5% of you voted against the closure of the framework, the NSAFD in their position as issuing authority, have chosen to press ahead with their plans to close it in April.
24/11/2017 Posted in: General news
FDQ have developed a ‘How to Guide’ for current and new customers who are interested in uploading their Level 2 Butchery Standard Log Books to the OneFile System, please click on the following link to access this guide.
For further guidance on the OneFile software please email the EPA Team on EPA@FDQ.org.uk.
20/2/2017 Posted in: General news
The Institute for Apprenticeships is gearing up for its April launch with last week’s announcement of 8 board members.