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.
This level 2 apprenticeship standard is designed to fully prepare English apprentices for careers in a wide range of bakery environments – from traditional family bakers to large automated bakery plants to those working in supermarkets.
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.
This apprenticeship standard is designed to fully prepare apprentices to work within the food and drink manufacturing industry. Apprentices successfully achieving their Food and Drink Process Operator apprenticeship will have proven they possess the skills, knowledge and behaviours required by manufacturers throught the country.
Fishmongers are the face of the British seafood industry, an industry which generates annual sales of over £6.2 billion. A qualified fishmonger isn’t only highly skilled at cutting and preparing fish, but also provides first-rate customer service and is a recognised expert on fish and shellfish.
The Level 2 Fishmonger standard prepares apprentices for working in a range of environments, from supermarket fish counters to independent fishmongers, at home or abroad. Talented fishmongers may even go on to set up their own businesses.
The red meat abattoir industry employs around 6,000 workers and makes a net contribution to the UK economy of over £1.67bn.
A strictly regulated industry, abattoir workers must uphold professional behavioural standards at all times. The abattoir apprenticeship is designed to develop the skills, knowledge and behaviours required both by the standard and by employers in the red meat slaughter industry.
Successful apprentices will not only be competent and disciplined workers but may aspire to progress their career. Further opportunities in the abattoir industry include: managing a slaughter-line, supervising the cutting and de-boning operations or even becoming an Animal Welfare Officer (AWO).
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.”
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.Read more