FDQ developed flexible qualifications which can raise skills and performance across the seafood industry.
This encompasses almost 15,000 businesses, employing more than 70,000 individuals. Most of the businesses in the onshore sectors are micro businesses employing less than 10 staff. With a business dependent upon such a small workforce it is essential that everyone knows what they are doing and is able to work together as a close knit team to deliver a quality product and service.
Outside of the medium to large processors and manufacturers, managers and staff are usually expected to be multi skilled and multi tasking. This has presented challenges in designing flexible and broad based qualifications that can attract and excite individuals who can harvest the fish, process the fish, sell and cook the fish and shellfish that our industry is dependent on.
These qualifications are designed for those who are working in a fish and shellfish business. They offer the opportunity to develop skills and knowledge required to confirm competence at work in fish and shellfish operative or technical roles. Learners can qualify in areas as diverse as storage and handling, fish and shellfish processing, sales and service, fish frying, packing and distribution.
These qualifications provide businesses 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.
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; operative functions including fish and shellfish processing, sales, problem resolution and specific functions like packaging and labelling.
Level 2 Certificate for Proficiency in Fish and Shellfish Industry Skills - £80.00
Level 2 Diploma for Proficiency in Fish and Shellfish Industry Skills - £80.00
Level 3 Certificate in Proficiency in Fish and Shellfish Industry Skills - £90.00
Level 3 Diploma in Proficiency in Fish and Shellfish Industry Skills - £90.00
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.
Food manufacturing giant and FDQ end-point assessment customer, PepsiCo, are embracing the FDPO apprenticeship to enhance and standardise their training across their Walkers Crisps production sites.
Over fifty apprentices have successfully completed their FDQ end-point assessment (EPA) and PepsiCo now have around 275 apprentices on programmes throughout the UK.
Mandy Reader, Organisational Capability Manager, UK and Ireland, explains how the Food and Drink Process Operator apprenticeship fits into their ‘Grow our Own’ strategy,
“We have a four-stage technical pipeline and our aim is to develop our own technical talent from entry level, General Support Operators. The FDPO apprenticeship enabled us to map our training needs into a nationally accredited qualification. This makes it a much more attractive prospect for potential candidates. They can see that there’s a career path open to them if they work hard. For some it’s the first time they’ve ever achieved a qualification.”
With over 1500 applicants for less than 100 vacancies recently, their approach looks to be working.
End-point assessment a game changer!
Managing a multi-site apprenticeship programme requires significant resource, according to Reader. In her view, key to PepsiCo’s success is the three-way partnership between FDQ, as their EPA partner, PepsiCo, and CQM, their training provider. EPA represents a game changer for everyone, says Reader,
“For business and apprentices, EPA provides independent verification that they have achieved a recognised industry standard, one developed by food manufacturers themselves. For us it’s vitally important to work with a food specialist EPA organisation. With high volumes of apprentices going through end-point assessment, having assessors with solid occupational experience combined with a dedicated EPA Manager is central to the success of the programme.”
The Food and Drink Process Operator Apprenticeship is now firmly established as the entry level production qualification for PepsiCo’s UK businesses. It has resulted in what Reader believes are ‘Gold Standard’ General Operators. And she’s not the only advocate of their apprenticeship programme. PepsiCo won the Food Manufacture Training Award in 2018 and have recently been named as an East Midlands Regional Finalist in the Employer of the Year category of the 2019 National Apprenticeship Awards.
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