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Monthly Update from VWA: April 2013

April Monthly UpdateWelcome to our April update – keeping you informed of all the latest news from Verner Wheelock Associates.

April Training Courses

We were extremely busy during April running open courses at our training centre in Yorkshire, and also in-house at customer premises.

Open courses in Skipton from our Training Calendar included Level 2 HACCP and Level 3 HACCP training and Auditor/Lead Auditor which took place at the Tempest Arms. As always, the Lead Auditor training included a practical group exercise of a  ‘live’ audit which all the delegates found most beneficial.

In-house courses included Level 2 HACCP training for Coca Cola, Payne’s Dairies, Nimbus Foods and Kinnerton Confectionery, Auditing Skills for Tom Walker & Sons (Cheese Supplier) and Kinnerton Confectionery, HACCP refresher training for Vion Sandycroft site, and Level 3 Food Safety  for Nestle UK. It was good to be able to provide training to some of our longstanding customers while taking on board a number of new clients.

We are always happy to discuss individual requirements in order to match courses to the training needs of a company. If you don’t see exactly what you need on our website, please contact us and we would be glad to help.

Staff Training

Normally we are on the lookout for funding opportunities for our clients, but recently we have been fortunate enough to benefit from some free business support for our own staff through Superfast North Yorkshire. This is an EU funded project to help rural residents and businesses get the most out of using the internet and promotes fibre broadband services around the region.

VWA staff have attended Masterclasses in Social Media and Search Engine Optimisation so look out for a few changes to our website over the next few weeks and find us on TwitterFacebook and Linkedin for all our latest updates. If you are based in North Yorkshire and would like to find out more about the project and potential support for your own business visit the SFNY website.

Results

We are delighted to confirm that we had a 100% pass rate on our RSPH Level 3 HACCP course in Skipton in April. Also, 90% of delegates achieved a Distinction for achieving 38 marks out of 45 on the multiple choice test.

On the Level 2 HACCP course we had a 92% pass rate (Distinctions are not available at this level).

Feedback and testimonials – HACCP Level 4

Our Level 4 HACCP training course is one of our most popular courses. Here are just a few comments from recent courses:

“Well explained, good use of learning materials. Trainer had extensive knowledge of HACCP.”

“Good pace and with enough detail to ensure all aspects are covered without it becoming too much and confusing! Peter (Clarke) is obviously very knowledgeable about the subject but also had a good rapport with the trainees, enabling everyone to feel at ease to ask questions.”

“Explained and trained very well. I left with a very good understanding of the  subject.”

“HACCP trainer Ruth Bell was knowledgeable and had extensive industry experience. Willingly shared her knowledge. Allowed 2-way discussion and debate.”

Coming up in May and June we are running the following courses:

Contact us for last minute availability.

14 – 17 May: RSPH Level 4 HACCP  (Limited places so contact us for availability – next available dates are:  15 – 18 July)

21 May: HACCP Refresher – ideal for meeting the refresher training requirements of BRC. Suitable for anyone who has completed a Level 3 or Level 4 HACCP course.

3 – 7 June: RSPH Level 4 Award in Food Safety

10 – 14 June: RSPH Diploma in Nutrition & HealthJust 2 places left! Ideal for Catering Managers, health professionals or those involved in the health food industry.

18 June: RSPH Level 2 Award in HACCP

18 – 19 June: RSPH Level 3 Award in HACCPFULL (Next course 23 – 24 July)

20 – 21 June:  Auditing Skills

24- 25 June: Creative Legal Labelling (Limited places) This new course which focuses on the new Food Information Regulations is proving to be extremely popular, so if you are interested in attending, please contact us for a booking form.

26 June: Supplier Auditing Ideal for those who already have experience of auditing but now need to be able to audit the supply chain.

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

Case studies

The following case study is now featured on our website:

Odling Brothers Butchers

Odling Bros. of Lincolnshire is an award-winning business which is synonymous with quality products and great service. Established in the 1920s as a small butcher’s shop selling quality locally-sourced meat and poultry, it is still run by the Odling family, but its enviable reputation over 90+ years has led to its being a much larger concern today. Read more…

VWA on TV!

Verner Wheelock Associates Creating Savoury Flavours course tutor Dr David Baines became a bit of a celebrity during April when he appeared on BBC TV’s Bang Goes the Theory, discussing the Maillard reaction.