We are a specialist awarding body focused entirely on the food and drink industry. We pioneer innovative qualifications and endorsed programmes which drive skills and deliver results.
Our portfolio of learning focused, competence based and professional qualifications covers the food supply chain from agriculture to retail; manufacturing to hospitality and everything in between. This includes qualifications which can apply across all types of food business such as food management, team leading, food safety and food hygiene.
Our qualifications are designed for those already working in a food business, as well as those studying at college. The training linked to these qualifications varies greatly in length; courses range from one day to one or two years.
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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
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