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.
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.
Having worked in the meat trade for almost half a century people often ask how I stay so motivated and interested in the business. That’s an easy question to answer – “because butchery is an exciting business to be in.”