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Monthly Update from VWA: February 2013

Welcome to our February update – keeping you informed of all the latest news from Verner Wheelock Associates.

February Training Courses

February was a really busy month for in-house training with our trainers travelling the length and breadth of the UK with courses running in Scotland, Northern Ireland, Yorkshire, Cheshire and London.  We are always happy to travel to customer sites – wherever they may be – in order to offer cost effective training solutions.

We ran Level 2 HACCP and Level 3 Food Safety courses at Pinneys of Scotland in Annan which were part-funded through Women and Work funding through the National Skills Academy. This funding has proved invaluable to both companies and sole traders who would not have been able to go ahead with training without these grants.

Level 3 HACCP and Food Safety courses and a HACCP Refresher here in Skipton were all well attended as was an excellent Training the Trainer course which ran smoothly in the capable hands of course tutor, Judith Sunderland, despite snowy conditions outside.

We received some great results in Februaryincluding those from the RSPH Level 3 Food Safety course in Skipton where the 9 delegates achieved 8 Distinctions and 1 pass, despite a last minute change of trainer, due to illness. We were able to call on our network of experienced trainers to make sure that the course went ahead and the training was up to our usual high standards.

As a well deserved treat at VWA after a hectic month of courses and bookings we celebrated National Chip Week by ordering fish and chips for lunch from well-known local chippy, Bizzie Lizzies.

New Case Studies featured on our website

Read the latest case studies now featured on our website including Deli Solutions, based in Clitheroe, Lancashire and HJ Heinz in Wigan, the largest canning plant in Europe.

Coming up in March we are running the following courses:

Contact us for last minute availability.

Our Level 4 HACCP course in March is already fully subscribed, so the next available dates are: 14 – 17 May and 15 18 July which are already filling up.

Contact Claire Lennon on 01756 700802 or email claire.lennon@vwa.co.uk for availability. For details of any of our courses, or for a quote for in-house or bespoke training please also get in touch with Claire.

Ethical Audits

We are still taking bookings for Ethical Audits throughout 2013. We already have bookings as far ahead as December 2013 so if you are thinking of booking, don’t delay. Prices have stayed the same as previous years so contact us for a quote, The number of days for the audit depend on the number of staff on site, as follows:

Contact us for further details or for advice on booking an ethical audit. If you need to understand Ethical Trading and the ETI Base Code  in more detail, why not attend our Ethical Trading workshop on 26th March.

**Early bird offers**

The following courses are on offer until 31st March 2013. Plan ahead and save money by booking early – pay now if you  have spare budget to use up before year end, or pay 3 weeks prior to the course.

  • Diploma in Nutrition & Health 10th – 14th June
    This advanced nutrition course is ideal for catering managers and health professionals. An intensive 5-day course leading to a nationally recognised RSPH qualification run by university lecturers Dr Lisa Gatenby and Gill Hooper.
    (Book by 31st March and save 10%)
  • Creative Legal LabellingUsing your label to enhance your product legally 24 – 25th June
    **New** 2-day labelling course covering all you need to know on labelling and the new Food Information Regs.
    (Book by 31st March and save £50)  Full details now on our website
  • Creating Savoury Flavours 28th Oct – 1st Nov
    (Book by 31st March and save £200) Book early to avoid disappointment as places are strictly limited. New venue confirmed for 2013