The FDQ Assessor qualification has become an integral part of our business strategy, it has exceeded my expectations.
Bryan Hurst, Training Manager
Those who are working as workplace trainers, or as assessors and internal quality assurers whether in a college, training provider or food business are strongly advised to achieve these qualifications within their role.
Please be aware that in order to provide some FDQ qualifications we may require achievement of these assessor and IQA awards. On the other hand some other FDQ qualifications recommend the achievement of these assessor and IQA awards as part of the CPD requirements set out in relevant qualification handbooks.
This training, assessment and IQA suite includes qualifications which are designed to: qualify assessors and internal quality assurers in assessment and IQA practice; and to develop and recognise achievement of workplace trainers.
Assessors and IQAs
The level 3 and 4 assessment and IQA qualifications were developed by Lifelong Learning UK to cover assessment and quality assurance of assessment. They mapped to the Learning and Development National Occupational Standards, and supercede the A1 and V1 qualifications.
This level 3 qualification in workplace training is designed for learners who are working in or preparing to work in workplace training roles. It is designed to develop skills and recognise achievement in the provision of workplace training. The qualification does not confirm or infer learner competence to apply training skills, knowledge and understanding in the workplace. The qualification comprises a mandatory unit in the understanding of workplace training provision, and optional units where learners can qualify in relevant areas.
Level 3 Award in Assessing Competence in the Work Environment - £60.00
Level 3 Award in Assessing Vocationally Related Achievement - £60.00
Level 3 Award in Workplace Training Provision - £42.50
Level 4 Award in Internal Quality Assurance of Assessment Processes and Practice - £60.00
Level 4 Award in External Quality Assurance of Assessment Processes and Practice - £60.00
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.
I was lucky enough to be part of the dream team that designed the butcher standard – the first food craft apprenticeship to be approved by government. Now I head up the leading end-point assessment organisation for the butchery apprenticeship. As a result I feel pretty confident to pass comment on it.
Quite simply the butchery apprenticeship standard is transforming the butchery profession – for the better. Age-old butchery skills are being revived. That deep knowledge of the meat supply chain is being re-instilled. The industry asked itself the question, ‘What does it mean to be a butcher today?’, and the apprenticeship answered it.
But don’t take my word for it. Ask the 1000+ apprentices who’ve enrolled since 2018, the family businesses whose futures are now secured, or the retail giants, Morrisons and Sainsburys, who know a good thing when they see it and have hundreds of apprentices on programme.
So, what’s this got to do with bakery, I hear you say?
Because the bakery industry is on the brink of doing the same. We know there’s a market opportunity, but it has yet to take off for some SMEs due to funding obstacles. It will take a concerted joint effort by training providers and SME employers to demand that funding is directed to where it’s needed. Butchery overcame similar issues and I’m confident that the baking industry will do too. And here are 10 good reasons why the bakery apprenticeship is worth fighting for:
1. It attracts 5 times the funding of the previous framework, £9,000 per apprentice
2. Small bakery businesses only contribute £450 at most, and that cost is waived if you have less than 50 employees and apprentices aged under 19
3. Largescale bakers have a dedicated ‘automated baker’ pathway within the apprenticeship
4. It’s not just for youngsters! There are no upper age limits so the bakery apprenticeship can be used to ‘train and certify’ your whole workforce
5. The employer is King! They negotiate the training contract based on what their business needs
6. It delivers apprentices with proven skills – the compulsory end-point assessment ensures apprentices only qualify when they’ve mastered the skills employers need
7. Apprentices are tested by independent industry examiners with years of experience – making success at end-point assessment a real confidence booster for the apprentice
8. 20% off the job need not be a barrier – training providers are now adept at managing this requirement creatively so as not to impact the smooth running of a business
9. It’s meeting the needs of all types of bakery businesses today, with half the current apprentices being supermarket bakers and half being craft or automated bakers
10 All successful apprentices receive both an apprenticeship certificate PLUS a L2 Bakery Diploma
In short, bakery employers and training providers, it’s time to make it happen!
Find out more about the bakery apprenticeship and end-point assessment or call us on 0113 3970 395 to discuss your business needs