I have no hesitation in choosing FDQ for food safety. They stand head and shoulders above the rest.
The industry, which produces the staples of life in the UK such as milk, cheese, butter, spreads and yoghurt is facing major structural change and is adapting to keep up with the changing needs of the retailer, consumer, EU regulation and of course the environment.
These FDQ dairy industry skills qualifications have been designed with the industry of today at their heart. Dairy industry skills qualifications and training are for those working in operative or technical roles in either automated or craft production within dairy businesses.
These qualifications are designed for those who are working in the dairy industry in a range of dairy roles in both automated and craft production companies. They offer the opportunity to develop skills and knowledge required to confirm competence at work in dairy operative or technical roles. It also suits those competent at core dairy industry activities who are looking to develop their existing skills and knowledge, perhaps to support multi-skilled activities or increase productivity at work.
The dairy industry skills suite of qualifications provides businesses and individuals with an opportunity to develop good practices and understanding. They allow skills and knowledge to be developed in a wide variety of areas depending upon the type of business and processes/products that apply. Learners can qualify in areas as diverse as storage, handling, liquid milk processing, solids and cheese processing, dairy sales and service as well as packing and distribution.
The broad menu of skills and knowledge within the qualifications can be chosen to reflect the role, responsibilities and development needs of learners. These include compliance functions like food safety and health and safety; production functions or those carrying out dairy support operations such as testing and quality assurance. This suite also offers learners the opportunity to develop knowledge in a range of dairy technology areas.
Level 2 Certificate for Proficiency in Dairy Industry Skills - £80.00
Level 2 Diploma for Proficiency in Dairy Industry Skills - £80.00
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