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Food Training Scotland can develop and tailor courses and programmes to suit the individual requirements of employers in all sectors. We understand the challenges in food production and manufacturing and can assist companies to both increase the skills their workforce and meet customer and regulatory requirements.

Training is a pre-requisite for HACCP and safe food production, and training should be planned, managed and recorded. Training records can be used as proof of compliance with the law.

The benefit of training are :

  • Legal compliance.
  • An increase in transferable skills.
  • A reduced risk of food safety incidents.
  • Generation of a food safety culture.
  • To satisfy the requirements of customers, including retailers.
  • Increased job satisfaction, motivation and morale among employees, which will also reduce employee turnover.
  • Increased efficiencies in processes, resulting in bottom line benefits.
  • Increased capacity to adopt new technologies and processes.
  • Increased levels of innovation in strategies, products and processes.
  • Enhanced company image, attracting higher calibre staff and new customers.

Legal Requirements

From 1 January 2006, new EU food hygiene legislation has applied throughout the UK. All food businesses, whether private or public sector and whether profit or non-profit making, that carry out any stage of production, processing and distribution of food have a legal responsibility to ensure that staff are trained to carry out their duties safely. In order to comply with the law, you need be able to demonstrate that all food handlers have an appropriate level of knowledge of food hygiene. EC Regulation 852 states that all food handlers must be instructed and/or trained in food hygiene matters commensurate with their work activity.

You must be able to :

  • Prove that you produce food safely.
  • Demonstrate that you produce food in accordance with HACCP principles.
  • Register your premises with your local environmental health department.

Direct or Indirect Delivery

Training can be carried out broadly in one of two formats :

  • Direct delivery : either in-house or by attending off-site training.
  • Indirect delivery : by flexible e-learning, which can be accessed remotely.

Food Training Scotland can provide training formats to suit all options.

REHIS Approved Training Centre Christine Fraser
Food Technologist

Strathyre, Westmuir, Kirriemuir, Scotland, DD8 5LN

T. 01575 573374
M. 07742 019296
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Rosemary Davidson
Food Technologist

Kilfillan, 31 Comerton Place, Drumoig, Fife, KY16 0NQ

T. 01382 542236
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