The Level 2 FDPOS is designed to train apprentices, typically working on food production lines, to work safely and efficiently. The average duration of the apprenticeship is between 12-18 months, with the end point assessment (EPA) conducted on site when the apprentice is deemed competent and ready. The apprenticeship is graded at Pass, Fail, Merit or Distinction.
There are 3 components to the apprenticeship: the training programme, mandatory qualifications and end point assessment.
Apprentices will need to complete a training programme designed to cover the key knowledge, skills and behaviour requirements of the Standard. To find out more about the Food and Drink Process Operator Apprenticeship see the Standard
*As part of the development of the Standard the Trailblazer group responsible stipulated that a new qualification should be a compulsory part of the apprenticeship. In response to market demand FDQ have developed our own approved version of this qualification, which comprises 8 units/ 37 credits and meets all the requirements of the Standard.
Apprentices are also required to attempt Level 2 English and Maths prior to EPA, but success at this level is not compulsory.
Need a handy end-to-end reference guide to the apprenticeship, diploma and end-point assessment? Download it here
FDQ are an approved end-point assessment organisation for the Food and Drink Process Operator Standard. To see what’s involved in the FDPO end-point assessment download our handy guide here.
Alternatively to find out more about the Level 2 Food and Drink Diploma or EPA, talk to one of our friendly team on 0113 3970 395 or email us at EPA@fdq.org.uk
Owen Smith learning lamb butchery skills at MEAT Ipswich butchery school.
Owen Smith (18) has become our 100th successful EPA candidate. Owen trained for his butchery apprenticeship with MEAT Ipswich, where his trainer, Stuart Davis, said of him,
"Owen is a pleasant and very well mannered young man. Owen has gained confidence throughout his apprenticeship and has applied his learning to practical situations at his place of work, enabling him to adapt certain practices to suit the needs of the company. "
Originally studying for ‘A’ levels, Owen realised the academic route wasn’t for him, so applied for an apprentice butcher job with Ansell and Sons in Maldon, Essex. Though at first he struggled working a 39 hour week he enjoyed the butchery training, especially as he was being paid to learn! Since completing his butchery apprenticeship and end-point assessment he has become an integral part of the team. He loves interacting with people and feels he learns something new every day.
Now more than ever apprenticeships are a great way of bringing new people into your team, or developing the skills of existing staff. On 1st April employer contributions were halved from 10% to 5%. This means the Government funds 95% of the apprenticeship training costs. In some circumstances 100% of training costs are covered. Talk to one of our friendly team to find out more.Read more