About Verner Wheelock

Promoting Food Industry Excellence

Established in 1990, Verner Wheelock is a leading provider of high quality, food industry training. Whether you need training for yourself or your staff we can offer a range of courses, from basic level to advanced, to help you meet the requirements of BRCGS and your customers.

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Award-Winning Food Industry Training

Food Industry Training

Open Food Training Courses

Open courses take place at our modern training facility in Skipton. Standard courses towards recognised RSPH or Highfield qualifications and FDQ endorsed programmes are always available in Skipton.

Our range of training courses includes:

In-house Food Industry Training

If you have 5 or more people to train, in-house courses can be the most cost-effective option. Any of the open courses we provide can be run in-house at your own premises. Alternatively, we can provide tailored in-house solutions to meet your requirements – whether that means tweaking an existing course to ensure the content is specific to your company or sector – or writing a bespoke course completely from scratch.

The fees for in-house training courses are based on a set fee per course up to a maximum of 12-15 delegates, so the cost per person can be reduced considerably, making your training budget stretch further. Contact us for a quote on 01756 700802.

Read more about our in-house courses

Ethical Auditing
In addition to providing food industry training, Verner Wheelock conducts SMETA Ethical Audits in the UK and Ireland. We are a member firm of APSCA and our ethical auditors are also APSCA registered. For more information please visit our ethical auditing section.

Our Memberships and Accreditations

Verner Wheelock is an approved training centre for RSPH, FDQ and Highfield qualifications. We also carry out SMETA Ethical Audits which are uploaded onto the Sedex platform, and we are a member firm of APSCA. In addition, we are proud to have a Quality Management System certified to ISO 9001 and we are members of the Compliance Network of the National Skills Academy for Food and Drink.

We have recently been awarded the status of Accredited Learning Provider from the Learning and Performance Institute for our high quality and efficiency in the provision of learning and development services to our clients. Accreditation with the Learning and Performance Institute represents an assurance from us to raise standards of workplace learning to our clients.

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Our History

A timeline of important events

  • 1990

    Food Safety Act becomes law. Verner Wheelock Associates (VWA) established in Bradford by Dr Verner Wheelock

  • 1996

    The first of many RIPH (now RSPH) awards in Food Safety won by a VWA delegate

  • 1997

    VWA moves to the Broughton Hall Estate

  • 1998

    First BRCGS Global Standard for Food Safety published

  • 2000

    VWA trains hundreds of butchers over 2 years, on the introduction of UK Butchers’ Licensing

  • 2003

    VWA move to larger premises at Stable Courtyard, Broughton Hall Estate

  • 2005

    Alison Wheelock joins the family business

  • 2007

    Verner’s book ‘Healthy Eating in Schools’ published

  • 2008

    Savoury Flavours course launched

  • 2012

    Alison becomes Managing Director

  • 2013

    VWA’s auditing courses endorsed by FDQ

  • 2014

    New Verner Wheelock branding and logo launched at Foodex

  • 2015

    VWA celebrates 25 years in business Verner Wheelock Excellence Awards launched

  • 2018

    Verner Wheelock acquires KSSA (Keith Stamp Social Auditing)

    ISO 9001 certification achieved

  • 2020

    Celebrating our 30th year in business

  • 2022