General news

Have you joined the revolution?

15/5/2015 Posted in: General news

Chef Jamie Oliver has started a national campaign on social media, to encourage better food education for future generations, using the hashtag #foodrevolutionday. The campaign stems from Jamie’s passion for healthier lifestyles for all. 

An alarming statistic has been centre in the campaign: “worldwide there are 42 million children under 5 who are overweight or obese.”

Food Revolution Day Jamie Oliver

WATOK-the latest

12/5/2015 Posted in: General news

We have recieved today an update from the organisations involved with Welfare of Animals at Time of Killing (WATOK) legislation. The letter is in reference to the Certificate of Competence (CoC). It outlines further guidance and assistance regarding CoC's 

To read the full letter in detail, please click here.

Customer Service…the results are in!

7/5/2015 Posted in: General news

We are delighted to announce that this year’s customer survey was very successful. We have had some wonderful comments from our centres and are so very pleased to hear you are incredibly pleased with the whole FDQ service!

FDQ learner recognised as the English food manufacturing industries 2,000th Apprentice in a year

12/3/2015 Posted in: General news

FDQ centre of excellence, University of Lincoln, Holbeach campus are the proud learning providers for FDQ learner Tasha Devey. She has been recognised by the National Skills Academy for Food and Drink, as the 2000th Food and Drink Apprentice in a year.  

Do your butchers have the skills to compete?

16/2/2015 Posted in: General news

Worldskills UK are looking for talented butchers to showcase their skills and battle to be named the champion in the Butchery WorldSkills UK National Competition for the first time this year.

This competition focuses on all the essential skills required for a successful career as a multi-skilled Butcher within the food manufacturing industry.

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IoM and WCB Awards - nominations open

14/1/2015 Posted in: General news

Nominations for the Institute of Meat (IoM) and Worshipful Company of Butchers' (WCB) Annual Awards are now closed.

We would like to encourage all meat and poultry training providers, colleges and employers with outstanding students and apprentices on their books, to attend these most coveted of meat industry prizegivings.

Christmas opening hours and final certification run

12/12/2014 Posted in: General news

We would like to notify all our centres that the FDQ offices will close on Wednesday 24th December at 1pm, and will re-open on Monday 5th January 2014 at 9am.

However, the email address will be monitored during the Christmas period, so if you have any urgent issues please direct them to this address.


Qualification validity groups – places available

12/12/2014 Posted in: General news

Would you like to get involved in the qualification validity groups which we will be rolling out in 2015?

Groups will focus on specific types of qualifications and sectors so you would be able to elect to join those most appropriate to the work of your centre.

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Thorntons youngster tastes sweet success at food Oscars

2/12/2014 Posted in: General news

Thornton’s production line manager Jodie Adcock has won the inaugural Young Talent of the Year award in the food manufacturing industry’s Oscars – the Food Manufacturing Excellence Awards, at the London Park Lane Hilton in a glittering award ceremony on the 20th November. 

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Judgement day at FDF Awards

23/9/2014 Posted in: General news

On the 18th September, the Food and Drink Federation (FDF) Awards ceremony took place at The Brewery in London, attended by our Standards and Quality Director in his role as an Awards judge.

TV presenter Kate Derham hosted the evening of celebration, during which the winners of the 14 coveted FDF Awards were announced. Finalists came from a range of well-known food manufacturers including: Coca-Cola, Nestle, Britvic and Premier Foods.