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In the current climate, there has never been a greater emphasis on food supply chain auditing. This complete new suite of FDQ endorsed auditing programmes can help food industry auditors develop the skills and knowledge to carry out audits effectively.

With many retailers insisting that their suppliers subscribe to the Unannounced BRC Audit Scheme it is now essential to ensure that you are fully prepared for your next BRC audit. Therefore the requirement for trained staff with the knowledge and ability to carry out internal audits and audits of new and existing suppliers cannot be ignored.

Having been developed by Verner Wheelock Associates (VWA) over a number of years specifically to meet the needs of food industry professionals, completion of these auditing courses has been shown to promote confidence and a systematic approach to the audit process.

Auditing skills

These FDQ endorsed auditing programmes are designed for those involved in carrying out internal, supplier or third party audits within a food, drink or packaging business. These courses help delegates develop the skills and knowledge necessary to audit management systems against any standard with competence.

Auditing Skills Certificate: This highly interactive 2 day course provides the theory, practical skills and confidence necessary to conduct an effective audit. It covers theory sessions, audit scenarios and role play. Suitable for team members and leaders with auditing as part of their role.

Supplier Auditing Certificate: This 1 day course is aimed at those responsible for, or aiming to be responsible for, the auditing of their organisation's new and existing suppliers as part of their job role. It is suitable for candidates who have completed the FDQ Auditing Skills Certificate course or have good working knowledge of auditing procedures. 

Lead Auditor Certificate: A 4 day course during which delegates will learn to lead and manage an audit with confidence. From planning and opening meetings through to reporting and follow up. It will help delegates to build the skills and knowledge necessary to audit a complete management system internally and externally.

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FDQ Auditing Skills Certificate

Lead Auditor Certificate

FDQ Supplier Auditing Certificate

Endorsed programmes

An endorsed programme is a programme of learning which is endorsed by FDQ.

Learners and businesses can engage with these programmes with confidence; knowing they are of high quality and that they will deliver the outcomes they promise.

These products are monitored by FDQ.

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From Butchery Apprenticeship to Bakery Apprenticeship


...Why both are no-brainers for businesses large and small.

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 here or call us on 0113 3970 395 to discuss your business needs

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