Who we are

We are a not-for-profit skills charity, formally known as The Meat Training Council, which was set up in 1986. In 2014 we re-branded  – becoming the Food and Drink Training and Education Council, or ftc. This enabled us  to represent the  food industry as a whole, not just meat. Within our organisation we also have FDQ, the leading food specialist awarding and end-point assessment organisation and the Institute of Meat (IoM).

Having FDQ on board gives us a unique 360 degree perspective on food training and apprenticeships. We now have the expertise at our fingertips to provide companies with guidance on everything they might need to know about apprenticeships today. FDQ is headed up by CEO, Terry Fennell and has Jane Downes as its Chair.

Developing a new apprenticeship standard from scratch or even simply taking on an apprentice can seem overwhelming and stretch already tight resources. With detailed knowledge on everything from funding applications to training techniques and regulated food qualifications – we’ve got it covered.

The third point of our triangle, the IoM, reflects our close connections with the meat industry . The Institute of Meat exists to uphold the highest standards in Butchery and support the development of butcher qualifications and butchery training in general. In fact the IoM were central to developing the new Butchery Trailblazer Apprenticeship, that is restoring the traditional craft and mastery of the profession. Fourth generation Master Butcher, Keith Fisher, is the IoM Chief Executive.

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Meet the team

Our team not only has over 30 years meat industry experience, but decades of knowledge from other food sectors and the field of vocational education too. Like you, we’ve run businesses and training programmes. So we’ve seen first-hand what a difference improving skills can make, not only to your people but also to your bottom line.

Who we work with

Employers helping them develop training and apprenticeships to grow their people, whilst maximising funding for apprenticeships to safeguard their businesses Apprenticeship Training Providers ensuring that food training courses such as apprenticeships and food skills training are fit for purpose and offer great value Trade Organisations working together to ensure occupational training meets their members needs Government  building strong relationships with the policy makers and funding bodies to ensure food businesses get the very best deal on training and apprenticeships Qualifications Bodies and Apprentice Assessment Organisations  making certain that food apprenticeships are supported with regulated qualifications, and independently assessed to high standards

Our mission is simple: to help build a world class food industry here in the UK

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