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Specialist food industry apprentice assessment services

  • The world of apprenticeships is changing, with the introduction of new Trailblazer Apprenticeships, based on Standards

    Being food specialists ourselves, likewise FDQ are best placed to respond to these changes – by designing apprenticeship services that work in real life, not just on paper

      We’re committed to helping you develop skilled apprentices that really make a difference in their workplace

      But we also know that training has to fit in with the day to day running of a food business. So, using our industry expertise, we’ve developed a range of apprenticeship services that will fit seamlessly into the daily work of food businesses

      They include:

      • registration and management services
      • mandatory and supporting qualifications
      • independent end point assessments (including preparation)
      • rigorous quality assurance
      • apprentice log books and documentation
      • grading and certification


      Our services are:

      • flexible and fast
      • good value
      • independent
      • streamlined with our awarding services
      • expert
      • designed to work around you

       

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  • Butcher standard

    Butchery is one of the oldest crafts in the world and is where innovation meets tradition to create an industry which plays a critical role in our economy.

    These apprenticeship standards have been designed to fully prepare English apprentices for careers in a vast range of butchery environments and businesses; from the largest processors and supermarkets to the smallest high street butchers and independent farm shops.

  • Bakers work in one of the largest, most dynamic and fastest growing sectors of the food industry. Every day bakers make and sell millions of loaves of bread and baked foods such as cakes, pies, pastries and biscuits.

    These apprenticeship standards are being developed to fully prepare English apprentices for careers in a range of bakery roles that are operational at level 2. 

    The Assessment Plan is still in development and is likely to be ready for provision in early 2017. 

    In the meantime apprentices should use the Food and Drink Apprenticeship Framework- Baking Industry Skills pathway. 

  • The food industry is worth £96.1 billion to the UK economy, making it a fantastic place to build an exciting and diverse career. As an industry it is packed with big brands, fast moving work and great career paths.

    These apprenticeship standards are being developed to fully prepare English apprentices to work within the industry. Apprentices successfully achieving their process operator apprenticeship will be equipped with the skills, knowledge and behaviour required by food manufacturers at either level 2 or 3.

    The Assessment Plans are still in development and are likely to be published before September 2016.

    In the meantime apprentices should use the Food and Drink Apprenticeship Framework- Food Industry Skills pathway.

  • The Fishmonger Apprenticeship Standard is shortly to be published. The Assessment Plan is currently in development and is likely to be ready for provision in September 2017.

    In the meantime apprentices should use the Food and Drink Apprenticeship Framework- Fish and Shellfish Industry Skills pathway.

  • Why FDQ

    We are an apprentice assessment organisation, approved by the SFA and listed on the Register of Apprentice Assessment Organisations. This gives us the authority to officially conduct and quality assure independent end-point assessment of apprenticeships.
  • Why FDQ

    As a commercial business, with decades of food industry expertise, we understand the pressures faced by businesses daily. We therefore offer huge flexibility to ensure that our AAO services fit seamlessly with your operation.
  • Why FDQ

    We place your apprentice at the heart of our apprenticeship products and services; with our support they will develop the skills and knowledge you need to drive your business forward in today’s competitive marketplace.
  • Why FDQ

    Our apprentice assessment products and services are streamlined and professional to keep client costs low and processes lean and efficient.
  • Why FDQ

    Our apprentice services are developed and delivered exclusively by food industry assessment experts to meet the complex needs of the food industry, whilst also ensuring absolute rigour and robust assessment against the official apprenticeship standards.

We are delighted to launch our End Point Assessment services to the industry.

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Meat Industry’s Finest Celebrated at Meatup

12/6/2017

Meatup, one of the biggest events in the meat industry calendar took place at Arena MK in Milton Keynes on 24-25 May. The two day event consisted of seminars, competitions and exhibitions,  all of which demonstrated the dynamism of the meat industry today. Here we take a look at some of the highlights.

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FDQ to offer L2 Food and Drink Process Operator Standard

27/4/2017

Your opinion matters to us. So since you told us that you needed a deliverable replacement for the SASE framework, we've been working around the clock to find a solution. 

And we think we've done just that. 

Introducing the FDQ Level 2 Diploma in Food and Drink Operations

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First End Point Assessments sat by Butchery Trailblazers

10/4/2017

The first butchery trailblazer apprentices have sat their end point assessments. The three apprentices, Reece Nevard, Stephen Maltby and Curtis Brind each completed their end point assessments after twelve months of foundation and craft training in butchery.

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