General news

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AELP conference

20/5/2014 Posted in: General news

Just a couple of weeks to go to the AELP National Conference, the 'Skills and Employability’ event. 

This year’s AELP conference presents an opportunity to listen to first-hand news on planned policy development in several key areas e.g.

• Skills and sustainable employment: challenges now and ahead;
• Transition to work;
• Careers dvice for young people;
• Labour’s plans for Apprenticeships and skills;
• Improving service delivery and
• The outlook for skills and employment programmes.

Find out more here.

Morrisons, Aubrey Allen & Faccenda lead consultation call

14/5/2014 Posted in: General news

The butchery apprenticeship reform consultation led by employers including Morrisons, Faccenda, Aubrey Allen, Walter Smith Fine Foods, Fairfax Meadow and Bernard Matthews, is now open to all those working in the butchery sector. Businesses in the sector now have a 2 week window – until 30th May 2014 - to have their say and further hone the standard, to ensure it meets the needs of the sector now and in the future.

The consultation on the new standard based apprenticeships takes the form of a questionnaire supported by review of the proposed butchery apprenticeship standard, click this link.

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What do our customers really think?

17/4/2014 Posted in: General news

Thanks to all those who took the time to complete our customer survey this year.

We are delighted with the results!

Brief summary:

  • 100% of those who completed the survey would recommend us to others
  • 100% rated the quality and flexibility of our service either excellent or good
  • 81.5% said we always successfully resolve queries in a reasonable time frame
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Revised food and drink apprenticeship framework

16/4/2014 Posted in: General news

On the 4th April a revised food and drink apprenticeship framework came into force, the most recent framework is now issue 11 FRO2735.
The framework has been reduced in size with some pathways being removed.
It is very important that centres completing ILR documentation for new starts from 4th April must use the new issue 11 code FRO2735.
Please review the framework to identify changes which may affect your centre.
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Foodex success for Walter Smith's FDQ learner

15/4/2014 Posted in: General news

FDQ Meat and Poultry learner, Chris Riley, has been crowned Premier Young Butcher 2014 at a marathon competition held at Foodex at the NEC last month.

Chris, a twenty year old apprentice butcher at Midlands based Walter Smith Fine Foods, excelled in four of the six categories in what is fast becoming the most exciting skills competition for eighteen to twenty three year old meat trade apprentices in the UK. 

The twenty year old beat four other apprentice butchers  from across the UK in a five hour marathon making and displaying Ready to Eat, Stuffed Roast, Seam Butchery, Barbeque and Kitchen Ready products.

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The Great FE and Skills Survey 2014

3/4/2014 Posted in: General news

The Great FE and Skills Survey which has been organised by FE Week and Policy Consortium will close on Friday 4th April.

The survey is designed to provide a detailed picture picture of shifting attitudes and responses to changes in government policy and practice.

Please try and spare five minutes in the next couple of days to complete this important survey of the sector. You could even win the latest ipad or an FE Week subscription.

Improvements to our secure centre management system

1/4/2014 Posted in: General news

On the 11th March 2014 we wrote to all our centres to provide an update on some important changes that we are making to our secure centre management system, FDQAwards.

These changes will enhance the online services available from FDQ, and will be implemented by close of play 1st April 2014.

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Verner Wheelock launch fresh new look

17/3/2014 Posted in: General news

Food industry training specialist, Verner Wheelock, will be exhibiting at Foodex for the very first time this year. The award-winning company, whose client list includes a range of well known food manufacturers and retailers has chosen the exhibition to unveil its new corporate identity.

Managing Director, Alison Wheelock, said “We’re really pleased with the new branding and felt that Foodex was the ideal opportunity to launch it. We have recently extended and completely refurbished our training facilities, which comfortably accommodate up to 14 delegates at a time and also incorporates the latest state-of-the-art audio visual equipment."

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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.