We have achieved truly sustainable gains in terms of performance and waste reduction thanks to FME.
To remain competitive - or even better to thrive - in a challenging and fast paced environment, food businesses need to be genuinely lean and agile.
Until now, many food businesses have used Business Improvement Techniques (BIT) to drive improvement and assist in their quest for the best of lean manufacturing. FME was launched following industry feedback that BIT was not meeting the needs of food businesses in managing the change necessary to support improvement.
FME has provided a continuous improvement solution for food businesses. Empowering them to drive productivity, reduce waste, improve efficiency and achieve sustainable growth.
Wherever your business is on the lean journey, this qualification is right for you.
It doesn't matter whether you are yet to embark on a lean journey or whether you are already years into a lean programme. To find out more technical information about the qualification, read on. To speak to us please call us today!
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This suite of FME qualifications is suitable for food operatives, supervisors and managers working in a food supply chain business which is already on, or preparing to embark upon an improvement journey.
FME enables learners to work and train in project teams to develop the critical skills and knowledge to deliver business improvement and sustainable growth and to confirm competence at core production and or manufacturing activities.
These qualifications offer a unique blend of change management, team working and improvement tools and techniques which work together to deliver change. Change management sits at the heart of the lean principles where communication behaviour and team working perform together to create a sustainable continuous improvement culture.
There are a range of qualification options appropriate to job level. Thus enabling those at different stages in their career to contribute significantly to the business improvement process. These improvement processes will make an essential contribution to the achieving excellence strategy of the business.
The level 2 FME qualifications are most suitable for operatives who are working in businesses that are undergoing improvement, and who want to develop basic skills in change management, working with others and the lean tools and techniques necessary to support improvement.
The level 3 FME qualifications are most suitable for improvement/lean project team leaders or supervisors who are responsible for implementation and control of the activity.
The level 4 FME qualifications are most suitable for those working as lean project managers who own the process and are responsible for managing and driving the improvement or lean projects.
Level 2 Certificate for Proficiency in Food Manufacturing Excellence - £80.00
Level 2 Diploma for Proficiency in Food Manufactuing Excellence - £80.00
Level 3 Certificate for Proficiency in Food Manufacturing Excellence - £90.00
Level 3 Diploma for Proficiency in Food Manufacturing Excellence - £90.00
Level 4 Certificate for Proficiency in Food Manufacturing Excellence - £109.50
These are particularly popular with employers as training and assessment can be carried out largely within the workplace. This means qualifications can be undertaken during the working day and require minimal time off the job.
The qualifications and associated training can be tailored to be relevant to an individual’s daily work and business procedures, to ensure maximum benefit is derived by both the learner and their business.
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