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The food industry is made up of a wide range of sectors, from bakery to meat and poultry; brewing to fish and shellfish. It also sits across many different areas of the supply chain retail to catering; agriculture to manufacturing and processing.
Food businesses often require a range of skills and knowledge development. These FDQ food industry skills (FIS) qualifications and associated training are designed to help these businesses to build skills within their teams in the areas each business needs it most.
These qualifications are designed for those who are working in a food manufacture or supply chain business. They offer the opportunity to develop skills and knowledge required to confirm competence at work in food and drink operative or technical roles.
The qualifications within this suite provide food businesses with an opportunity to develop good food manufacturing 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 qualifications can relate to any type of food and drink manufacturing or supply chain business, but is most suitable for automated and semi-automated processing operations.
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 process control and problem resolution and specific functions like packaging and labelling.
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.
We would like to notify all our centres that the FDQ offices will close on Friday 22nd December and will re-open on Tuesday 2nd January 2018 at 9am.
A huge thanks to all of you who took the time to complete our industry survey on the closure of the Food and Drink Framework in April 2018. Although 87.5% of you voted against the closure of the framework, the NSAFD in their position as issuing authority, have chosen to press ahead with their plans to close it in April.Read more