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Food management & Team leading

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I intend to use this qualification to up-skill my manufacturing teams to become excellent people managers.

Colleena Vozniak-Sears

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These pioneering food management and team leading qualifications are already attracting the attention of some big industry players, such as Maple Leaf and Brown Brothers.

Responding to long term demand from a food industry struggling with skills gaps at lower management levels, we have designed these food management qualifications in consultation with food businesses. The food management and team leading courses which these qualifications link to will help meet the skills challenges and assist in building a strong and sustainable workforce.

Unlike the well-known generic management institute qualifications, this qualification has a unique focus on food management issues. It will also equip managers undertaking the food management training with the tools they need to drive food production improvement in people and process management. These qualifications have been designed to be suitable for your business regardless of where in the food supply chain you operate.


Food management qualifications

Suite overview

These qualifications are designed for those who are working in a food supply chain environment. They offer the opportunity to develop skills and knowledge required to prove competence at work in supervisory management and team leading roles. 

The qualifications within this suite provide food manufacturers and supply chain businesses with a unique blend of business management competencies with technical food management competencies set in a food business context. 

Those undertaking the food management training courses will cover a range of areas within food supply chain contexts, such as manufacture, logistics, retail. These include: food management and improvement of team performance, management and improvement of technical controls, quality assurance and deployment of business systems. 

These qualifications are available stand alone, or within the food and drink apprenticeship frameworks in England, Wales and Northern Ireland.


FDQ Level 2 Certificate for Proficiency in Food Team Leading

Qualification structure

FDQ Level 2 Diploma for Proficiency in Food Team Leading

Qualification structure

FDQ Level 3 Certificate for Proficiency in Food Management

Qualification structure

FDQ Level 3 Diploma for Proficiency in Food Management

Qualification structure

Competence based qualifications

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.

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Proposed closure of the SASE Food and Drink Framework – Make your voice heard


The NSAFD, in their capacity as an Issuing Authority, recently announced plans to withdraw the popular Food and Drink Framework from 30 April 2018. FDQ and other awarding organisations are concerned that employers and training providers have not been adequately consulted. Many of you may want to retain a choice between framework pathway or apprenticeship standard, until suitable new Standards are properly established.

The Education and Skills Funding Agency policy on removal of apprenticeship frameworks could allow the framework to remain funded until 2019. A meeting between awarding organisations, led by FDQ and hosted by the ESFA and the NSAFD, is scheduled for the end of November to review the NSAFD’s decision. A vital element of this meeting will be industry opinion.

Your views matter

This is your chance to influence what happens in April 2018. So, please take a few minutes now to give your views in this short survey. Whilst employer and provider responses will be notified to the ESFA the names of the respondents will not be disclosed to the NSAFD. The survey will close at noon on Monday 27th November. We will share feedback on the FDQ website.

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