Monthly News Review from Verner Wheelock – May 2015

RSPH Winner for Verner Wheelock and Symington’s

Last year three of our delegates won top student awards from the Royal Society for Public Health (RSPH) so we were really pleased to hear that another of our delegates had won an RSPH award this year.

Sarah Jolly-Hart from Symington’s in Leeds has gained top marks in the Level 4 Award in Food Safety Management for Manufacturing for her exam taken in 2014. She follows in the footsteps of her colleague, Lianne Davies, who won the same award the previous year.

This is a great achievement for Sarah, but also for Verner Wheelock and our trainers, as it shows that we offer a consistently high level of training leading to excellent results. It also reflects Symington’s commitment to staff training, ensuring that their technical and quality teams are trained to the highest level and demonstrating their understanding of food safety management issues.

The award ceremony will take place in London later this year.

Delegates from Oman enjoy history and hospitality at Broughton

We were delighted to welcome two delegates from the Royal Court Affairs of the Sultanate of Oman to our Level 4 HACCP course in May.  Seen below receiving their certificates from Graham Lund are Saadallah Abdullah Hamed Al Hinai and Sheihka Al Shaqsi who joined a busy course in Skipton, and as well as the four days of training all delegates were invited for a rare tour of Broughton Hall.


Oman2The Verner Wheelock offices and training centre are based in the picturesque grounds (the stable courtyard, to be precise) of this prestigious country house, and Wendy Bateson who has worked on the estate for a number of years and knows the history, treated the HACCP students to a guided tour. The tour included the dining room, drawing room, conservatory and the newly refurbished bedrooms.  The delegates from Oman, who work in a catering environment, were particularly interested to see the kitchens! Here are a few shots of the course members making the most of their trip to Broughton Hall.



Quick turnaround from enquiry to delivery – nothing is too much trouble!

The team at Verner Wheelock are always on hand to offer advice and assistance to our customers – even at short notice if required. Our Business Development Executive, Graham, received a call from a customer on Friday 8th May who required a Level 2 Food Safety course to be delivered the following Monday.  After a quick ring round to see if any trainers were available, the course was booked!

Jason spent the afternoon printing, collating and packing the course materials and arranged a courier to deliver them by 9am on the Monday morning.

Everything went to plan with our trainer, Nigel Robertshaw, delivering the training, and the delegates were able to sit their exam prior to an imminent audit!

Lake in FinlandStaff News

Happy Birthday to our Customer Relations Executive, Carole, who is celebrating her birthday this week with a holiday in Finland (see pic right). The highlight of the trip was a last minute decision to visit St Petersburg in Russia – only made possible by a mad dash to the Russian Embassy in Edinburgh to obtain a visa – which arrived just in time before Carole jetted off to foreign parts!

New course launched

Due to several recent enquiries we are introducing a Trainer Skills Refresher course in September.

This will be suitable for anyone with a teaching or training qualification achieved 3 or more years ago.  Full details will be available on our website in June but the course will cover the following subjects:

  • Keeping your training topical
  • Ideas and techniques for developing resources and using different training techniques
  • Seven training Sins to avoid at all cost
  • Reduce your powerpoint clutter
  • Training materials – what is new on the market
  • Why adapt your training for different learners and food businesses
  • Importance of planning
  • Evaluating your own teaching

To register your interest in this course please call 01756 700802 or email

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