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Verner Wheelock Monthly Update – February 2016

Happy Leap Day everyone! Of course today is the day when women are allowed to ask men to marry them, rather than the other way around – a deal supposedly struck by St Brigid with St Patrick.

you're the greatest!Traditionally, if the man declines the offer, they are meant to give the woman something in recompense – some money, a new dress, or 12 pairs of gloves (to disguise the fact that there is no engagement ring). Hmmmm I could do with a new dress….  Anyway, on to other things!


Examination successes!

We ran two auditing courses in the first week of this month – Auditing Skills and Supplier Auditing. All the delegates worked really hard and so we’re delighted to announce a 100% examination pass rate for both courses. Well done everyone!

We’re also very proud of our Sales & Marketing Executive, Jodie. She has achieved a Merit in her latest round of examinations towards the Chartered Institute of Marketing Certificate in Professional Marketing. Jodie has done incredibly well as she has been studying whilst working full-time here at Verner Wheelock. All the late night and weekend studies have definitely paid off.

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We’re also pleased to announce that we have all stuck to our guns and so, far, nobody has given in to temptation as far as our Lent pledges are concerned. I won’t deny it hasn’t been tough with Cobble Kitchen’s coffee and cakes on our doorstep, but we’re determined to see it through. Watch this space!

Food Safety Update

This month also saw the first of our Food Safety Update courses. It was well attended and the ideal course for people who had attained their Level 4 Food Safety qualification quite a while ago.  The one-day course provided updates on recent changes to food safety management and legislation as well as Food Standards Agency campaigns and strategies. Any recent updates relating to HACCP and the day to day management of food safety were also covered in depth.

To find out more about this course, please click here

In-house courses

The most popular in-house courses this month have been Level 3 Food Safety and the TACCP workshops. Don’t forget that if you have five or more people to train, an in-house course can be particularly cost-effective – especially if you take travel or accommodation into account. For more information, just pick up the phone and speak to Karen or Claire – they’ll be happy to provide you with a quote.

Ethical Audits

Another element which has been keeping us very busy is Ethical Auditing. As you know, we have been offering this service for a number of years and have worked closely with one of the most experienced auditors in the business, Keith Stamp.

SedexVerner Wheelock still offers SMETA ethical audits to many customers as well as food industry training, but we are also working in partnership with Keith Stamp Social Auditing (KSSA) to carry out the day-to-day administration for KSSA ethical audits. This is a very good fit for our business as many of the companies that need an ethical audit are food processors and growers                                               who are already familiar with our training services.

So all-in-all another busy month at Verner Wheelock!

What’s coming up next month?

Level 4 Food Safety – 7- 11 March 2016  (course full)
Level 4 HACCP – 14-17 March 2016 (course full)
Auditing Skills – 21-22 March 2016
Managing Food Allergens in Manufacturing – 23 March 2016

As ever, all details about forthcoming courses can be found on the main website www.vwa.co.uk or by contactuign Claire or Karen on 01756 700802.

Verner Wheelock Monthly Update – January 2016

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January has been an extremely busy month for us at Verner Wheelock. We kicked off the year’s training courses the first week back with BRCv7 Update and TACCP workshops. Then it was straight into Level 4 HACCP the next week, followed by Level 3 HACCP and then Lead Auditor – with delegates enjoying the hospitality at The Tempest Arms. We’ve also kept out trainers busy with plenty of in-house courses!

Well done, Karen!

Many of you will now have spoken to or met our new Business Development Executive, Karen Naylor. We put her through her paces a couple of weeks ago by sending her on our Level 3 Award in HACCP course. We’re pleased to report that she did incredibly well in the examination and gained a Distinction! In fact everyone on the course scored highly and there were several Distinctions. So congratulations all round.

Verner Wheelock Excellence Awards 2015

January was of course also the month when we selected the winners of our first ever Verner Wheelock Excellence Awards. These were presented to

  • Emily Claydon from Taylors of Harrogate (HACCP)
  • Joanna Core of New Ivory (Food Safety)
  • Helen Keast of Bakkavor Desserts (Auditing)
  • William Ptolomey of Sykes House Farm (Individual Excellence)
  • Symington’s Ltd (Company Excellence Award).

You can read more about this in our previous blog post. Each received a glass award and vouchers towards future training courses.

Forthcoming courses in Skipton

1st-2nd February: FDQ Auditing Skills
3rd February: FDQ Supplier Auditing
4th February: Food Safety Update course
8th – 10th February: RSPH Level 3 Award in Food Safety FULL
11th February: BRC 7 Update course
12th February: TACCP Workshop
23rd – 24th February: Level 3 Award in HACCP for Food Manufacturing
25th February: HACCP Refresher

7th – 11th March: RSPH Level 4 Award in Food Safety FULL
14th – 17th March: Level 4 Award in HACCP for Food Manufacturing FULL
21st – 22nd March: FDQ Auditing Skills
23rd March: Managing Food Allergens

See further 2016 dates here

To book, please call Claire or Karen on 01756 700802 or visit the main website www.vwa.co.uk

Verner Wheelock end of year round-up 2015

Wow! 2016 already! We’d like to start this post by wishing you all a very happy new year and thanking everyone who’s attended one or more of our courses in the past year.

Our 2016 courses kick off this week with the BRC v7 Update and TACCP – both courses which have proven extremely popular in 2015 and places are already filling up for the various dates in 2016 – check out our calendar for more details.

A great start for the Business Development Team

Claire and Karen, our new Business Development Executives, have only been with us since the beginning of November (of course, many of you will already know Claire from before) but they ended the year on a real high by beating their targets and having made/rekindled some very good relationships with our customers in the process. The last two courses of 2015, Level 4 Food Safety and Auditing Skills, were well attended and then the following week it was time for the work Christmas meal.

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As per last year this took place at The Tempest Arms – a place we highly recommend, not only for the excellent character but for the plates groaning with delicious food. Once again we were not disappointed. If only we’d thought on to book a few bedrooms to sleep it off!

Carole, who left us in November, joined in the fun and of course Jan, Verner and Kathryn Wheelock were also there looking resplendent in their Christmas jumpers. Normally at Christmas we do a ‘Secret Santa’ but this year Jodie suggested that instead of buying each other presents we should each buy a toy for the Candlelighters children’s cancer charity appeal, which we all did. A much better idea!

Keeping our heads above water

We’re sure you will have seen the reports of severe flooding across parts of Yorkshire. Thankfully the Broughton Estate where we’re based seems to have escaped (mainly). We’re also fortunate that the Verner Wheelock offices and training centre are based on the upper two floors of the building, so that should the worst ever happen we should be OK – although delegates might have to swim to the door…

Who’s won the Verner Wheelock Excellence Awards?QMark

Around this time last year, we announced that we were launching the Verner Wheelock Excellence Awards, to coincide with our 25th anniversary. So over the past 12 months we have been taking note of those candidates who have demonstrated the greatest enthusiasm for the subject or shown the most improvement, as well as those achieving great results in their examinations. There are 5 categories of award up for grabs: Best HACCP Student, Best Auditing Student, Best Food Safety Student, Award for Individual Excellence and the Award for Company Excellence.

We’ve had some really outstanding candidates in the past year, so the decision by our course tutors has been a really tough one. However we have now decided on the winners, so watch this space to find out who they are.

Don’t forget to use your discount voucher!

10Many of you have benefited from our advent campaigns throughout December, giving discounts on 2016 courses if booked by 31st December 2015. Regrettably we have had to raise our prices slightly for 2016, but we hope you’ll agree that we still offer excellent value for money. Remember, if you have already attended a course, you will have received a voucher for 10% off your next course with us – so don’t forget to mention this when you book.

Courses are already filling up fast, so book early to avoid disappointment. January is really busy with many courses full or almost full, plus we have bookings for 14 in-house courses the same month – we like to keep our tutors on their toes!

Don’t forget that most of our courses can be run in-house at your premises – it’s often a very cost-effective and practical option if you have 5 or more people who require training.

To find out more about the courses on offer click here or give Karen or Claire a call on 01756 700802.

Verner Wheelock – Monthly update – November 2015

November has been extremely busy at Verner Wheelock, with all levels of Auditing and HACCP courses taking place in Skipton as well as the TACCP workshop, CIEH Training the Trainer and the first day of the Level 4 Food Safety course.

As always, there have been several in-house courses at sites across the UK (a very cost-effective option if you have more than a couple of staff to train), with TACCP, BRC7 Updates and refresher training being the flavour of the month this time.


We’ve had some excellent results this month in both open and in-house courses.

Well done to all those who have passed their exams with FDQ and RSPH. The FDQ Lead Auditor course in Skipton in November was of a very high standard this time, with 7 of the 11 delegates achieving a Distinction. Top students Helen Keast, Raw Material Manager at Bakkavor Desserts, and Verner Wheelock trainer Eleanor Nicholls scored a fantastic 98% in the written exam. There were also some great scores on the recent in-house Lead Auditor course at Warburton’s (love the new Giant Crumpet Show advert, by the way!).

We have also had great results in recent RSPH Level 2 Foundation Certificate in HACCP courses with several students in Skipton and on an in-house course at Del Monte scoring 19 or 20 out if 20!

Well done everyone!

Staff news

Claire and KarenWelcome to Karen Naylor and Claire Lennon (welcome back) who have joined Verner Wheelock as Business Development Executives this month, and a sad goodbye to Carole Dickason who is leaving after 5 years in a variety of roles.  Read more here.

Well done to Jason Kearton on passing his driving test! Lets hope he finds a suitable car soon so that getting the train and bus to work are all in the past!

Also, happy 77th birthday to our founder and Chairman, Dr Verner Wheelock on 29th November.

December offers

Christmas offers at Verner Wheelock

Look out for our email offers coming through every week until Christmas.

There will be discounts on Auditing, HACCP and Food Safety courses throughout December so make sure you make good use of these offers and book your 2016 training now!

January 2016 courses

Don’t forget, any 2016 open or in-house courses booked by 31st December 2015 are charged at 2015 prices.


6th January: BRC 7 Update course
7th January:  TACCP Workshop
11 – 14th January: Level 4 Award in HACCP for Food Manufacturing
18 – 19th January: Level 3 Award in HACCP for Food Manufacturing
25 – 28th January: FDQ Lead Auditor

See further 2016 dates here

To book, please call Claire or Karen on 01756 700802 or visit the main website www.vwa.co.uk

Verner Wheelock – Monthly update – October 2015

It’s been another busy month at Verner Wheelock! We’ve run courses every week in Skipton throughout October including Level 3 and Level 4 HACCP, Level 3 Food Safety, BRC V7 Update as well as specialist courses Managing Food Allergens and Creating Savoury Flavours.

In addition there have been several in-house courses at companies across the UK (a very cost-effective option if you have more than a couple of staff to train).

We’ve also been presenting awards, supporting award winning delegates and hosting overseas students, as you will see below.

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The Deliciously Yorkshire-Yorkshire Post Taste Awards 2015. Best Fresh Meat sponsored by Verner Wheelock Associates was Mainsgill Farm Shop. Picture: Anthony Chappel-Ross

Picture: Anthony Chappel-Ross

We were happy to support the Deliciouslyorkshire Taste Awards by sponsoring the ‘Best Fresh Meat’ category once again. The winner was Mainsgill Farm Shop & Tearoom, for their home-reared rack of lamb, which the judging panel described as having “outstanding, texture, flavour and tenderness”, as well as being “beautifully butchered, appealing to look at and a pleasure to eat.” The prize was presented by our Chairman, Verner Wheelock, who attended the evening’s celebrations at The Pavilions, Harrogate, along with Carole Dickason, our Sales & Customer Relations Executive and Jodie Stacey our Sales and Marketing Executive.

We’ve done it again!

Speaking of awards, huge congratulations go out to Sarah Jolly-Hart, Technical Manager at Symington’s Ltd in Leeds, who achieved the highest marks in the UK in her Level 4 Food Safety for Manufacturing examination. We joined Sarah and her colleagues, Samantha and Laura, at the RSPH Conference and Awards Ceremony in London, where she was presented with a certificate by RSPH President Lord Hunt of King’s Heath. Speakers at the conference included David Heymann, Chairman Public Health England, Toby Cosgrove MD CEO of the Cleveland Clinic and Public Health Minister Jane Ellison. This is the second year running that Symingtons and Verner Wheelock have won this prestigious award. Last year, it was accepted by Sarah’s colleague Lianne Davis.

Picture by: www.matthewwalkerphotography.com

Picture by: www.matthewwalkerphotography.com

Sarah also appeared in a short RSPH video which was screened during the conference. In it she explains how the qualification has helped her to further her career and ensure all food on the site is produced safely.

Over 60,000 candidates undertake RSPH courses every year, so it’s a real testament to the quality of our trainers and the dedication of our delegates that we achieve such good results together. Long may the awards continue!

Creating Savoury Flavours another success

As I write this, our annual Creating Savoury Flavours course is drawing to a close. Now in its 8th year, it is as popular as ever. Delegates this year hail from The Philippines, India and the Netherlands as well as much closer to home. The feedback has, once again, been really positive. Attendees will be returning to their respective companies with a fresh outlook on savoury flavour composition, as well as a special toolkit to be able to recreate the new and exciting flavours they have developed on the course.

On the final evening course tutors Dr David Baines and Richard Seal and the delegates were joined by Verner Wheelock staff on a very enjoyable meal and fine wine-tasting session at The Devonshire Arms hotel.

More details and photos on this very successful course will follow soon!

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November courses

We still have one or two spaces left on the following courses:

FDQ Supplier Auditing – 6th November
FDQ Lead Auditor – 9th -12th November – 1 space left
HACCP Refresher – 16th November
TACCP Workshop – 17th November
RSPH Level 4 Food Safety – 30th November – 4th December

To book, please call Carole or Jodie on 01756 700802 or visit the main website www.vwa.co.uk

Monthly News Review from Verner Wheelock – September 2015

Welcome to the September 2015 news review from Verner Wheelock

As always, the ‘new term’ in September has meant that we’ve been extremely busy taking bookings for the remainder of our 2015 courses.

We’ve already got several bookings for January, including our first in-house course booking for 2016. It just shows how popular our trainers are, so if you’re planning any training at your own site over teh next few months, it’s really worth getting in touch sooner rather than later!

Our dates for Open courses in Skipton for the first few months of 2016 are now available here.

Exam results

Our delegates have received some excellent results in RSPH exams recently with the following achieving Distinctions:

RSPH Level 4 Award in HACCP for Food Manufacturing
Emily Claydon – Bettys & Taylors

RSPH Level 4 Award in Food Safety Management
Joanna Core – New Ivory
Jimmy Kirk –  Farmers Boy (Morrisons plc)

Jimmy Kirk - Farmers Boy, Morrisons

Pictured above is Jimmy Kirk receiving his certificate
from Verner Wheelock Managing Director, Alison Wheelock

Staff News

Well done to Jason Kearton from the Training Support Team on achieving a score of 19/20 following his recent attendance on the FDQ Auditing Skills course. Jason is usually more familiar with organising the course materials for a wide range of courses but found the interactive elements of the Auditing course really interesting and beneficial.

Latest news on the staff front is that Rachel Coote who joined the company on a temporary basis as Sales Administrator earlier this year is now a permanent member of staff, supporting the Business Development team on a part-time basis.

Sadly, Business Development Executive, Graham Lund, has now left the business. Carole Dickason is still available to take your calls and we are currently recruiting a replacement for Graham, so watch this space!


bunsWe held a Macmillan Coffee Morning in out training room on Friday 25th September and it was great to see lots of people from the Broughton Estate as well as friends and family getting involved. With plates piled high with goodies the most common comment was, “They’re not all for me. I’m taking these back for the guys in the office – honest!”

Everyone baked their own ‘signature dishes and show stoppers’ including Strawberry & Vanilla Buns, Chocolate Cupcakes and Peanut Butter Blondies (Jodie), Nutella Delight (Jason), Lemon and Sultana Buns (Carole), Chocolate Raisin Fridge Cake (Rachel) and we had an amazing spread of cakes on offer and raised over £200 for Macmillan Cancer Care.

Course news

The first of our Training the Trainer Refresher courses took place in September led by Judith Sunderland. The delegates, who were all experienced trainers, found themselves on the opposite side of the desk for a day while they refreshed their training skills and were introduced to the latest training techniques and equipment.

For anyone who is interested in attending our Creating Savoury Flavours course in October we just have a few places left. Read more about the benefits  of attending this course here.


5-7 RSPH Level 3 Award in Food Safety
8-9 RSPH Level 3 Award in HACCP for Food Manufacturing
12 BRC Issue 7 Update
13 TACCP Workshop
14 Managing Food Allergens for Manufacturing
19-22 RSPH Level 4 Award in HACCP Management for Manufacturing
26-30 Creating Savoury Flavours **Last few places – call for availability**


2 RSPH Foundation Certificate in HACCP
2-3 RSPH Level 3 Award in HACCP for Food Manufacturing
4-5 FDQ Auditing Skills
6 FDQ Supplier Auditing
9-12 FDQ Lead Auditor **FULL**
16 HACCP Refresher
17 TACCP Workshop
18-19 & 27 CIEH Level 3 Award in Training Principles & Practice
23-26 RSPH Level 4 Award in HACCP Management for Manufacturing
30 Nov – 4 Dec RSPH Level 4 Award in Food Safety

Download our 2015 training calendar and prices here. Contact Carole Dickason on 01756 700802 or email to book.

Dates for 2016 now available!