Fishmonger apprentices may work in independent high street fishmongers, supermarket fish counters or even mobile fishmonger vans. The fishmonger apprenticeship is about so much more than filleting fish. A fishmonger apprentice also needs excellent customer service and selling skills to develop good relationships with their customers. The apprenticeship helps build a broad range of skills, making apprentices highly valued employees. Talented fishmonger apprentices may go on to run or even own a fishmongering business.
Duration: 24 months
Funding Band: 15 (£12,000)
Training Programme: The apprentice must develop the core knowledge, skills and behaviours outlined in the Fishmonger Standard plus the mandatory qualifications before applying for end-point assessment.
Mandatory Qualifications: Level 1 Mathematics
Level 1 English
Apprentices without Level 2 English and Mathematics are required to attempt these qualifications. Success at this level is not a requirement for end-point assessment though.
Standard Number: STO194
End Point Assessment (EPA)
FDQ are approved to deliver end-point assessment for the Level 2 Fishmonger apprenticeship.
This means we’re able to offer everything you need, from qualification registration through to end-point assessment itself.
Working with FDQ you’ll also have access to our extensive support materials, such as preparation guides and mock exams. It all helps to give your fishmonger apprentice the best chance of success.
To find out more about the end-point assessment talk to one of our friendly EPA team on 0113 3970 395 or email us at EPA@fdq.org.uk
To view the qualification specification please click here
If you wish to view our fees policy for the fishmonger EPA please click here
These offer learners the opportunity to develop practical skills and knowledge in an off-the-job learning environment.These qualifications are designed to support progression into further learning and work-based learning.
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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