Established in 1990, Verner Wheelock Associates (VWA) is a leading provider of high quality, food industry training. Whether you need training for yourself or your staff we can offer a range of courses, from basic level to advanced, to meet your requirements.Background
- Based in Skipton since 1997, we have offices and a training room at the prestigious Broughton Hall Business Park in the heart of the Yorkshire Dales.
- We are specialists in providing training to the food industry throughout the UK.
- All our trainers have had extensive experience in the food industry before embarking on careers in training, and are experts in their own fields.
- Our candidates achieve excellent pass rates in examinations.
- We pride ourselves on providing good quality training and a high level of service to our customers.
We are a registered training centre for the CIEH, RSPH (formerly RIPH) and HABC.
European and UK legislation now requires food business operators, to implement a documented food safety management system based on the principles of a Hazard Analysis Critical Control Point (HACCP) system. HACCP provides an effective management tool for identifying hazards in food production and the implementation of cost-effective controls and monitoring procedures at points which are critical to food safety.
For food manufacturers, VWA can provide accredited RSPH or HABC courses for operatives, HACCP team members, supervisors and technical managers. Now that the BRC Global Standards for Food Safety (Issue 5) place even more emphasis on HACCP and HACCP training and qualifications, it is essential to ensure that all members of a HACCP team receive sufficient training, leading to recognised qualifications. Our courses accredited by RSPH or HABC will meet this requirement.
Our auditing courses will equip you with the skills required to carry out internal, supplier and third party audits. The Auditing Skills course covers all the theory behind carrying out an audit, from the opening meeting through to reporting and corrective action. It is also very interactive, allowing time for plenty of group exercises and industry case studies. From September 2010 this course will also incorporate an accredited exam - the HABC Level 3 Award in Effective Auditing and Inspection Skills.Our Supplier Auditing course is aimed at those responsible for the auditing of their organisation's new and existing suppliers. An understanding of auditing or completion of the Auditing Skills course is recommended before embarking on this course.
For those who need the expertise to audit a complete management system our Auditor/Lead Auditor course fits the bill. Again, a practical approach to learning is taken, with audit scenarios and role play being used to ensure that this intensive course is both enjoyable and informative. This course was revised in 2010 and is specifically designed for the food and packaging industry. It will provide delegates with an understanding of the ISO series of standards, and the skills necessary to audit a complete management system internally and externally. Download Our Training Dates for the following courses
From Basic (Level 2) to Advanced (Level 4), we have a food safety course to meet your requirements.All food handlers should have some form of food safety training to ensure that they know how to produce food that is safe to eat. Managers and supervisors will require more advanced courses to ensure they can implement and maintain effective food safety management systems, as well as understanding their role in managing food handlers . The Level 3 Award in Supervising Food Safety, as the name suggests, is aimed at those who are supervising other staff in a food manufacturing, catering or food retailing environment. This course is now available ONLINE as well as classroom-based.
For managers, or those wishing to become managers, we offer the Level 4 Award in Food Safety Management in Food Manufacturing or Catering. Download Our Training Dates for the following courses
Those with a particular interest in the subject can progress to the Level 3 Award in Nutrition for Healthier Food and Special Diets. This course provides a more detailed knowledge of nutrition and enables delegates to successfully apply the principles of good nutrition and healthy eating. It is aimed at those employed in catering and the hospitality industry, caring and health professions, food retailing and manufacturing.
Those who have completed the Level 3 Award or have a number of years experience of nutrition and health can expand their knowledge by studying the advanced level 5-day Diploma in Nutrition & Health. The standard course refers to all aspects of Nutrition in the Community, but we also offer a Sports Nutrition option. Download Our Training Dates for the following courses
We have developed a range of course that will provide you with more specialist knowledge relevant to your role within the food industry.
Our Training the Trainer course offers a recognised qualification for anyone wanting to train others in food safety or nutrition.
Our specialist course on Creating Savoury Flavours has been running successfully for over two years and is a highly specialised course for those working with flavourings, seasonings, ready meals and savoury snacks. This lab-based course attracts delegates from some of the leading food and flavour companies throughout the world.
Ethical trading – or ethical sourcing – means that a company takes responsibility for the labour and human rights practices within its supply chain.Ethical trade became a growing issue during the 1990s as companies with global supply chains, particular in the clothing and food sectors, came under increasing pressure to ensure decent working conditions. Find out more about ethical trade at the Ethical Trading Initiative (ETI) Website
Ethical Trading Audits
A number of the major retailers, including Tesco, are now making it their responsibility to ensure that ethical trading is an integral part of their business. Their aim is to work with suppliers to uphold labour standards in the supply chain. This is done through a process of monitoring and assessment, hence the need for ethical trading audits to measure a supplier’s performance against the ETI Base Code. Read More