It can be difficult to make that crucial decision on which training company to go with once you have identified some training gaps in your staff’s skills or knowledge. Maybe your staff have not attended a course for a while or they may just need a refresher. There have been a few changes in the last few years particularly in relation to allergens and more recently acrylamide, so it’s important to keep up to date. Food safety courses are usually based on online, virtual or blended learning.
Why your staff need training?
As I discussed in my previous blog The best way to train your staff during lockdown, training is a legal requirement to make sure your staff can competently do their jobs.
However contrary to popular belief it is not necessary to have a registered training certificate from an accredited body. Staff can be supervised which satisfies the requirement. However training certificates can be useful to prove that your staff do actually have the necessary skills to make safe food.
Food safety courses can either be done inhouse or through an accredited organisation. So the first decision to make is do you just want proof of training or do you want an accredited training certificate?.
If you have the expertise inhouse then this is a much more economical way of satisfying staff training needs. Smaller food businesses often don’t have this expertise so look externally for an experienced and accredited trainer.
Food Safety Logic is an accredited Highfield Qualification training center and can offer accredited training courses. This will give you the assurance that the training is of a good quality and has been certified by an external body.
Other well recognized accreditation bodies are the Chartered Institute of Environmental Health (CIEH) and the Royal Society of Public Health (RSPH).
Virtual v Online v Blended
The next decision to make is do your staff prefer to learn online at their own pace and at time to suit them.? Or maybe they prefer interaction with a trainer and to be able to ask questions so virtual training is more suitable. Perhaps a bit of both which means blended learning is the way to go.
Qualify at Home
As I discussed in my previous blog Highfield Qualifications now offer an invigilated assessment. This allows people to get accredited qualifications from home. This is particularly useful during COVID restrictions when face to face training is not an option.
‘The Qualify at Home’ assessment or QaH is a flexible assessment that can be combined with online or virtual training to give a blended option. The criteria is that each trainee must have a second camera (usually on a mobile phone or tablet) which is necessary for the exam to take place. It is done separately by a 3rd party and is not controlled by the trainer to make it independent.
Virtual training @Food Safety Logic
I deliver virtual training via Microsoft Teams or Zoom which many people are familiar with. Both platforms allow learners to speak with me by using the raise your hand function . Also they can message me via the chat button. I use slides, videos, polls and quizzes in my training session to make it as interactive as possible. Break out rooms are also useful to allow learners to chat with each other whilst doing a group exercise.
Pre-course reading linked to articles, websites and documents supplement the virtual training. This makes the training relevant in terms of real life case studies and examples of current information which the learners will find useful.
How is the training course set up?
Once your online or virtual training course has been booked you will receive an email with joining instructions. This email will contain instructions on how to use Zoom or MS teams for newbies. Also pre-course links to training resources and learning resources.
If you are doing an invigilated assessment then you will receive a separate email with specific joining instructions. The assessment must be made as a pre-booking between 8.30a.m. and 5.30pm Monday to Friday only.
What virtual training courses do you offer?
Highfield Level 2 Food safety, Level 3 Food Safety and Level 3 HACCP (see my training page here. for more details). Please ask if you would like a different course to be delivered virtually.
Please note a minimum of 10 learners are required for each training course. If you are a small company or want to do individual training let me know. I will advertise a public training course to allow others to join you.
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