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Monthly Update from VWA: January 2013

January

Welcome to the first of our end of month updates – keeping you informed of all the latest news from Verner Wheelock Associates.

Training and Consultancy

We have had a busy start to the year helping companies prepare for BRC audits. This included consultancy on product specifications for a leading supplier of fresh and dry ingredients to the food service industry, and HACCP consultancy for a sports supplement manufacturer.

We delivered a range of in-house food safety, HACCP, and auditing training for clients across England and Scotland, including the Meat Managers Hygiene and HACCP training for several butchers through the SFMTA – with two more courses in Scotland planned for February. The HACCP training included a Level 4 course for a leading dairy food company, as well as Level 3 and 4 courses here in Skipton.

January has been quite an international month for us here at VWA with enquiries and bookings from as far afield as Nigeria, Cameroon and the Falkland Isles!

Our Auditing Skills course on 30-31st January was fully subscribed and it was a welcome return to our favourite venue, the Tempest Arms. Also congratulations are in order for VWA staff members Carole Dickason and Jason Kearton who attended the recent Level 3 Award in HACCP for Food manufacturing  and passed with flying colours!

We currently have a few last minute places for February, as follows:

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

January was a busy month for Ethical Audits with a couple of audits taking place in the south of England and numerous confirmed bookings from one of our regular meat industry clients, arranging their bi-annual audits for several sites.  It’s good to see a large company taking ethical trading very seriously and also planning training in auditing skills and ethical trading for staff later on the year.

New Courses and Dates

New dates for specialist courses:

  • Ethical Trading Workshop 26th March
    Learn about the ETI Base Code and how to prepare for an ethical audit
  • Creative Legal Labelling – Using 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 Food Information Regs
  • Creating Savoury Flavours 28th October – 1st November (Book by 31st March and save £200)
    Book early to avoid disappointment as places are strictly limited

Coming soon:

  • Online Allergen training for food manufacturers

Still seeking experienced HACCP and Food Safety trainers

Due to popualar demand for our training courses we are still looking for experienced HACCP and Food Safety trainers to work with us on a freelance basis. Minimum criteria for our trainers is:

  • Level 4 Food Safety and/or Level 4 HACCP qualifications
  • A teaching or training qualification
  • Several years of food industry experience

Ideally we are looking for experienced trainers, but we would also be interested in talking to those who are currently working within the food industry and are looking to make a career change to become a trainer.

Please forward your CV to office@vwa.co.uk or call Alison Wheelock on 01756 700802.