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The dairy industry is an innovative and exciting part of the food industry. With more than 96% of people regularly consuming dairy products it also plays a key role in the health of the nation.

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.  

Dairy industry skills qualifications

Suite overview

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

FDQ Level 2 Certificate for Proficiency in Dairy Industry Skills

Qualification structure

FDQ Level 2 Diploma for Proficiency in Dairy Industry Skills

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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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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