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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.
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.”