Whether you are a budding Jamie Oliver, fancy opening your own cafe or want to work in one then you will need a Food Safety qualification. In fact it is a legal requirement for anyone who serves or sells food to members of the public.
If you are thinking about taking a course in your local area to enhance your CV then what sort of things should you be aware of? We asked our Food Safety Tutor Sally to give us the lowdown on Food Safety qualifications.
If you are thinking about taking a Level 1 course then you should check that it will be useful to you. It might not be good enough for working in a catering role. Level 2 is more widely recognised within the food industry and will open up more opportunities for you.
You should also check any course you are considering is accredited by an awarding body and not just a printed certificate from the course provider!
Gaining industry standard qualifications will enhance your skills and improve your employability. If you are considering taking a short course then you should look for the qualification awarding bodies such as the Highfield Level 2 Award in Food Safety in Catering or RSPH Food Safety in Catering.
Level 2 will allow you to prepare, cook and serve food to members of the public in a safe and hygienic way so you don’t give them food poisoning! Gaining this qualification will allow you to work in:
• School meals system
• Health and social care
• Nurseries and childcare
You will cover a range of subjects such as: food safety management & temperature controls, food poisoning controls, personal hygiene, hazards and the role of the food handler in keeping food safe. So taking a short course can help you understand so much more than just wiping down food areas!
The qualification lasts for 3 years after which it is expected, by law, that you refresh the qualification and keep your skills and knowledge up to date with current legislation.
If you are interested in a more senior role then you could progress onto a Level 3 course which gives you more opportunity to work in a supervisory role.
You can take the 1 day classroom based course with us here at Adult Skills and Community Learning in Barnsley. Most short courses have a fee to pay but you could be eligible for fee remission if you are on certain benefits. You can contact us direct on 01226 775270 or check our website for more details:
If you live in a different area then contact your local college or council to see where you can get qualified.
There are lots of entry level routes into employment within the food and catering industry but if you want to know more about future careers in environmental health you can have a look at on the National Careers Service Website:
If in any doubt you can always check with your local environmental health department or look on the Food Standards Agency website.
Thanks for reading and as always we’d love to hear from you.