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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.
Level 2 Award for Proficiency in Food Industry Skills - £60.00
Level 2 Certificate for Proficiency in Food Industry Skills - £80.00
Level 2 Diploma for Proficiency in Food Industry Skills - £80.00
Level 3 Award for Proficiency in Food Industry Skills - £60.00
Level 3 Certificate for Proficiency in Food Industry Skills - £90.00
Level 3 Diploma for Proficiency in Food 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.
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.Read more