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The food industry is worth £96.1 billion to the UK economy, making it a fantastic place to build an exciting and diverse career. As an industry it is packed with big brands, fast moving work and great career paths.

This new apprenticeship standard has been designed by food and drink employers as part of the trailblazer reforms in England. Apprentices are required to complete a programme of on and off the job training prior to undertaking an end point assessment. The new standard based programme aims to ensure process operators possess the necessary knowledge, skills and behaviours to work safely, effectively and productively in the food and/or drink business.

This standard has a maximum funding rate of £5,000 and was originally approved for delivery in September 2016.

Food diploma qualifications

The FDQ Level 2 Diploma in Food and Drink Operations qualification is a mandatory component of the Food Operator Apprenticeship Standard. It is aimed at employees at intermediary level food processing roles, such as production line workers. The trailblazer group mandated the completion of a Level 2 qualification as part of the apprenticeship standard. FDQ has worked with employers and specialist training providers to ensure the FDQ version of the Level 2 Diploma in Food and Drink Operations is fit for purpose and underpins the apprenticeship programme.

The qualification contains mandatory knowledge and competency units in areas including the importance of standard operating procedures, food safety and HACCP, product quality, health, safety and environmental standards, product changeovers and task handovers, continuous improvement and measuring performance of processes. Learners and their employers also have the ability to select one unit from a range of optional competency units, specific to their job role. These units ensure occupational competency in a fundamental operator skill for example, ingredient handling, product assembly, temperature control and packing, plus others.

FDQ offers a range of support material to help in the effective delivery of the FDQ Level 2 Diploma in Food and Drink Operations qualification; ensuring its delivery in the workplace meets the needs of a fast moving food manufacturing site.

FDQ Level 2 Diploma in Food and Drink Operations

Qualification structure

Competence based qualifications

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.

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FDQ at the Federation of Awarding Bodies (FAB) 2017 Awards


The FDQ team are all attending the FAB awards evening in Leicester tonight (19 October).  As a result the office will be closed from approximately 4pm today, reopening at 11am tomorrow.

If you need to contact us during this time, please email us at fdq@fdq.org.uk and we will respond as quickly as possible.

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Qualification review


A number of our products require review, feedback from our centres is essential in ensuring FDQ qualifications continue to meet the needs of our centres, the food industry and its workforce. The qualifications affected can be found here.

If you would like to provide feedback please contact Jo Sterritt at fdq@fdq.org.uk

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