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Monthly Update from VWA – September & October 2013

Welcome to our combined September and October update – keeping you informed of all the latest news from

Verner Wheelock Associates


September and October Training Courses

September is always a busy time for us and this year the ‘Start of Term’ was no exception – with a full programme of HACCP training, Food Safety and Auditing courses running in our training room in Skipton as well as in-house courses around the UK.

As well as a CIEH Trainer Skills and Practice course in Skipton, which was the final course for retiring trainer, Peter Bruty, who ran this course alongside Jan Wheelock for a number of years, we ran another two successful ‘Training the Trainer’ courses for North Yorkshire Fire Service. This popular course is ideal for those wanting to become a food safety trainer but is just as good for those aiming to train others in Health and Safety or any other subject.

Our trainers have again been travelling far and wide covering most areas of England and Scotland. Paul Bache ran a couple more Meat Managers Hygiene and HACCP courses for the SFMTA in Dunfermline and Renfrewshire and we delivered a range of HACCP, Food Safety and Auditing courses for Young’s Seafood in Annan and Livingston.

Auditing Skills, HACCP Awareness and HACCP Fundamentals seem to be the most popular courses at the moment, and we have provided them for a wide range of customers involved in milk and cheese production, packaging, meat products and ingredients as well as a Yorkshire-based chain of bars and restaurants.

Bookings are already being taken for 2014 so to secure your preferred dates for in-house training for next year contact us asap – don’t leave it too late!

Ethical Audits

Don’t forget, if you are a medium risk supplier, the major retailers will expect you to have an ethical audit every two years. We are already taking bookings well into 2014. Please contact us for a quote if you are required to have an audit during 2014.

For anyone who would like to know about the SMETA Ethical Audit process we are running a 1-day Ethical Trading Workshop on 24th March in Skipton. For more information or to book, please contact Claire on 01756 700802 or email claire.lennon@vwa.co.uk

Staff News

In early September our Training Support Assistant Jason Kearton completed the gruelling Tough Mudder event which took place in the grounds at Broughton Hall, Skipton where VWA’s training centre is based.

Tough Mudder - Before

The 10-12 mile obstacle courses was designed by Special Forces to test the all round strength, stamina, determination, and camaraderie of the contestants – and also involves lots of mud, as demonstrated by Jason’s team on the before and after photos!

Jason (pictured far right on the top photo) has now become a permanent member of staff at VWA after completing his apprenticeship year, so well done on both counts!

Tough Mudder - After


Food Safety and HACCP Results

We have had lots of great results in during September and October including the Level 3 Food Safety and Level 3 HACCP training which took place in Skipton. The majority of delegates passed on both courses with several on each achieving a Distinction!

Auditing Results

We ran our first Auditing Skills Certificate course sine its approval by FDQ and are delighted that everyone passed the course and was awarded an FDQ certificate. We will be running our first Lead Auditor course approved by FDQ in November.

Nutrition Results

We are delighted to announce that several candidates from the Diploma in Nutrition and Health received their exam results in September. We had a number of passes with Sarah Odling (Odling Bros.) and Sharron Layzellsmith (Betty’s) achieving a Credit and Elaine Watson from Allerdale Borough Council achieving a fantastic Honours pass. Good luck to those who are still to take the exam following completion of their assignments – it will be worth all the hard work!

Pictured below is Elaine Watson with her RSPH certificate.


Book your training now for 2014:

Get ahead of the game and plan your training schedule for 2014 now! Any bookings for Skipton courses taking place next year will receive a 10% discount if booked before 15th November 2013!

13 – 16 RSPH Level 4 Award in HACCP Management
20 – 22 RSPH Level 3 Award in Healthier Food & Special Diets
27 – 28 RSPH Level 3 Award in HACCP
29 – 30 FDQ Auditing Skills Certificate
31 Supplier Auditing

3 – 5 CIEH Training the Trainer (TSP)
17 – 19 RSPH Level 3 Award in Supervising Food Safety
24 – 25 RSPH Level 3 Award in HACCP
26 HACCP Refresher (Level 3/4)

3 – 7 RSPH Level 4 Award in Managing Food Safety
10 – 13 RSPH Level 4 Award in HACCP Management
17 – 20 FDQ Lead Auditor Certificate
24 Ethical Trading Workshop
25 – 26 RSPH Diploma in Sports Nutrition
All courses take place in Skipton (at our NEW training centre), unless otherwise stated

Contact Claire Lennon on 01756 700802 or email claire.lennon@vwa.co.uk for availability.  See the full Training Calendar here.