We continue to choose FDQ for their high levels of expertise in food industry qualifications.
Those working within this industry may work across growing, process and preparation, supply or retail.
FDQ has developed a suite of qualifications for people working in fresh produce processing and supply businesses in any one of a range of production, sales and processing roles.
This suite of fresh produce industry skills qualifications will assist fresh produce businesses in up skilling their workforce, recognising their current skills or enabling them to begin to build specialist knowledge in specific areas of interests.
These qualifications offer the opportunity to develop skills and knowledge required to confirm competence at work. These can cover a broad range of roles from operatives on automated lines, in packaging and distribution as well as sales through to technicians.
The qualifications within this suite provide fresh produce businesses with an opportunity to develop good practices and understanding. They allow skills and knowledge to 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 and handling, fresh produce processing, sales and service, packaging 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. Learners can build skills in areas such as purchasing, ripening, storage, diagnosing problems, quality control, energy efficiency and transportation. They will also have access to technical knowledge and understanding.
Level 2 Certificate for Proficiency in Fresh Produce Industry Skills - £80.00
Level 2 Diploma for Proficiency in Fresh Produce Industry Skills - £80.00
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