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.
Food manufacturing giant and FDQ end-point assessment customer, PepsiCo, are embracing the FDPO apprenticeship to enhance and standardise their training across their Walkers Crisps production sites.
Over fifty apprentices have successfully completed their FDQ end-point assessment (EPA) and PepsiCo now have around 275 apprentices on programmes throughout the UK.
Mandy Reader, Organisational Capability Manager, UK and Ireland, explains how the Food and Drink Process Operator apprenticeship fits into their ‘Grow our Own’ strategy,
“We have a four-stage technical pipeline and our aim is to develop our own technical talent from entry level, General Support Operators. The FDPO apprenticeship enabled us to map our training needs into a nationally accredited qualification. This makes it a much more attractive prospect for potential candidates. They can see that there’s a career path open to them if they work hard. For some it’s the first time they’ve ever achieved a qualification.”
With over 1500 applicants for less than 100 vacancies recently, their approach looks to be working.
End-point assessment a game changer!
Managing a multi-site apprenticeship programme requires significant resource, according to Reader. In her view, key to PepsiCo’s success is the three-way partnership between FDQ, as their EPA partner, PepsiCo, and CQM, their training provider. EPA represents a game changer for everyone, says Reader,
“For business and apprentices, EPA provides independent verification that they have achieved a recognised industry standard, one developed by food manufacturers themselves. For us it’s vitally important to work with a food specialist EPA organisation. With high volumes of apprentices going through end-point assessment, having assessors with solid occupational experience combined with a dedicated EPA Manager is central to the success of the programme.”
The Food and Drink Process Operator Apprenticeship is now firmly established as the entry level production qualification for PepsiCo’s UK businesses. It has resulted in what Reader believes are ‘Gold Standard’ General Operators. And she’s not the only advocate of their apprenticeship programme. PepsiCo won the Food Manufacture Training Award in 2018 and have recently been named as an East Midlands Regional Finalist in the Employer of the Year category of the 2019 National Apprenticeship Awards.
Find out more about the Food and Drink Process Operator apprenticeship and end-point assessment here.Read more
We’ve just heard that FDQ have been shortlisted as a finalist in the Awarding Organisation of the Year category at the Federation of Awarding Body (FAB) Awards 2019.Read more