It is clear the needs of industry are firmly at FDQ’s core. Furthermore, the responsiveness of the teams is superb.
This function is essential to the running of most businesses. Therefore it is critical that cleaning staff are properly trained to ensure safety of operative, staff, consumers and clients.
The industry is challenged by high levels of staff turnover and low skill levels. These issues can be effectively addressed through quality training and development of both cleaning operatives and cleaning supervisors.
Our suite of FDQ cleaning qualifications is pivotal in helping drive up skill levels and in improving the standards of cleaning in businesses.
The FDQ suite of cleaning qualifications contains qualifications designed to develop and confirm occupational competence in the workforce.
Learners do not need any previous qualifications, but they do need to be working as a cleaner - either employed or as part of a work placement.
These qualifications and associated training are available from level 1 through to level 3. This means that they are appropriate for you if you are new to a cleaning role (level 1 or 2) or supervising a team of cleaning operatives (level 3).
Level 2 Certificate in Cleaning and Support Service Skills - £80.00
Level 2 Certificate in Principles of Cleaning - £109.50
Level 3 Diploma in Cleaning Supervision 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.
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.
Find out more about the Food and Drink Process Operator apprenticeship and end-point assessment here.Read more
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