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Traineeships can provide the perfect opportunity to prepare 16-24 year olds for work or further study.

Terry Fennell

ftc Group Operations Director

FDQ introduces its exciting new food traineeships to provide a pathway for learners aged between 16 to 24 years old to enter the food industry, or a relevant apprenticeship.

In summary, these individualised programmes of study are short sharp injections of skills development and training which were introduced in this country in September 2013.

Providers and employers can use the traineeship programmes to bring a range of elements, including qualifications together to support individual progression into the world of work or further work-focused training.

Food traineeships are composed of:

Traineeships will last a maximum of six months and offer a guaranteed interview with the work placement host at the end of the placement.

Food traineeships

FDQ has designed food and drink traineeships to support the development and recognition of learners in their work preparation and training.

These food traineeship qualifications make available skills and knowledge units of assessment from essential areas including Employability, Enterprise and Food Skills and Knowledge.

Who are traineeships suitable for?

The target group for traineeships is 16 - 24 year olds who: 

  • are not in a job and with little work experience, but who are focused on the prospect of work
  • are qualified below level 3
  • providers and employers believe have a reasonable chance of being ready for either employment or an apprenticeship

Should you wish to talk to FDQ about the FDQ food traineeships, please call us today.

FDQ Food and Drink Traineeships

Qualification structure

Learning focused qualifications

Trained and assessed in a learning or college environment, these qualifications are also known as vocationally-related qualifications (VRQs).

They are designed to support progression to the next level of learning.  

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MEAT Ipswich learner is FDQ’s 100th EPA success!



 Owen Smith

 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.

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