Skills Development & Commercial Workshops

There are many aspects to skills development and commercial training 

Skills Development and Commercial Workshops

These courses include not only food safety, innovation and quality management, but also food hygiene and food manufacturing technologies, food legislation, logistics and labelling, through to consumer and sensory science and nutrition and health issues.

With our partners and our in-house understanding of the practical application of food science and technology, and our long established reputation of working successfully with food and drink companies large and small we are well resources to help you to build your skills and technical training plan through a training and academic facilities.

You need a very broad brush to cover all of the skills development and training required across the landscape of the UK food industry but working with our partners and in house team of food industry veterans we provide a skills based learning and training facility that covers off many of the foodservice, food security, and production processes. We continue to work on and develop the offering we have in the area to members from other sectors of the industry.

Each of these courses are offered in cooperation with our partner network


By their very nature some of the training sessions lend themselves to being remote online courses, whilst others need a more physical 'hands on' approach either way we have the facilities, the technology and the people to work with you on which ever course you select to enrol on. 

The full programme of the courses for 2022 can be found by signing into the members area.

Supplier Auditing

December I February I March May I June

These are two-day courses where the focus is on how to conduct on current or potential new suppliers.  Successful completion of the course leads to FDQ Supplier Auditing Certificate.

Additional auditing courses are available from the Members area where you can also check on availability.

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Fees: £350 Classroom
£280 Virtual

Traceability

November I March I April I June

Our traceability e-learning course focuses on the principles and practice of traceability and how this relates to your role and responsibilities.

Modules in our traceability course include:

• background and overview of legislation
• requirements in Regulation
  178/2002 for all food

• traceability and food business
  operations

Additional traceability courses are available from the Members area where you can also check on availability.

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Fees: Free to members

Health & Safety on Farms

December I February I May 

This Health and Safety on Farms course will help learners understand the risks of working in agricultural environments and measure to help control those risks. This course will help farmers, employees, and contractors working in agriculture to identify and understand legislation, risks and control measures to protect their safety and the safety of others.

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Fees: £240 Classroom
£160 Virtual

Industry Connections

keeps you informed

Today the UK food industry is more complex, more dynamic and more uncertain than at any other time. So, it is crucial that you are kept in the loop, know what is happening around you, be alert to opportunities as they appear on the radar. You can deploy your membership of the UK Food Council to give you a clear picture of what is happening when, where, and how right across the industry, sector by sector during these times.

Allergen Training

December I March I May I June

With our partners we provide free online food allergy training. You can learn more about managing allergens in a kitchen as well as how to cater for allergen information requirements. It’s suitable for all staff members as you must make sure that staff are trained to manage allergens.

Your people should:

• know the procedures when asked to provide allergen information

• be trained to handle allergen information requests

• be able to guarantee that allergen-free meals are served to the right
  customer

• know the risks and prevent allergen cross-contamination when handling
   and preparing foods


Our interactive food allergy course consists of six modules, each with a test at the end. Once you pass these tests, you can download your continuing professional development (CPD) certificate. This allergens course is available in English and Welsh.


Additional allergen courses are available from the Members area where you can also check on availability. These are multiple session online courses

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Fees: Free to members

Strategic Developments

The UK Food Council is working with government, members, academics and interested parties to build upon the foundation that has been laid to develop the Skills Training Academy for the Food Industry. The academy will have a remit, programme and curriculum to ensure the industry has an additional resource which can respond to changes in the labour market and reap the benefits of innovation and increased automation.

The objective is to build and brand the UK food industry as one that appeals to a greater cross section of the adult population especially school, college and university leavers and veterans from other industries who can re-apply their knowledge and skill sets into specific sectors of the food industry.

Food Safety & Quality

February 2022 - In person

Our food safety and food quality course cover topics such as the design of quality systems, factory inspections, food processing hygiene, food safety, FSPCA preventative controls, FSSC 22000 audits, HACCP, internal auditing risk assessments, root cause analysis, TACCP, quality assurance, allergen control and cleaning and disinfection.


Each one of these courses is intended for managers with overall responsibility for food safety, or those who plan to train others at the introductory or foundation level.

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Fees: from £380 - £1250 

We are also lobbying for a review of the Apprenticeship Levy to ensure that funds held by the Treasury are deployed more easily and that the turnover threshold and % contribution are reviewed and applied in an alternative way.

All of this will be achieved in collaboration with other established and distinguished bodies including Oxford University, The Savoy, NFU, Adecco, Lantra and Deloitte.

Food Mentor

Grocery Sector

Are you looking to launch a new product, brand or business? We help food businesses to either make an introduction to a buying team in the grocery sector, or launch a new product, create a new brand, or develop a food product so that it is ready to go to market.

On the Menu

Foodservice Sector

We work with food service businesses of all shapes and sizes - to launch from day one, re-position the offer and the brand, help minimise their operating costs, maximise their profit margins, resolve staff or operational issues, increase footfall, and business turn around.

Supply Chain Management
Grocery Section

December I March I June

This is a virtual workshop that will help participants navigate through the industry’s biggest challenges and present best-in-class case studies that everyone can learn from.

The Overview
COVID-19 has caused a period of change on a global scale and supply chains play a key role during these turbulent times. This workshop will help you navigate through this change and showcase best-in-class case studies that you can learn from.

This workshop is suitable for those who are new to supply chain or may have some experience under your belt but want to deepen your knowledge. You might even be in a commercial role but keen to learn how a strong supply chain can give you a competitive advantage.

Agenda
The online training session will be delivered by our industry experts in energised sessions. There are 3 sessions across 3 days. Each session will run for 2 hours.

Day 1 will be all about: Supply chain levers and industry trends

The latest developments and best practice case studies on: Availability Inventory Planning and responsiveness

Day 2 will be all about: Meeting expectations and measuring success

On shelf availability - the ultimate measure of success
How your customers measure success
The role of different functions and how you fit in

Day 3 will be all about: Supply chain engagement and win-win partnership

The benefits of collaboration learn how collaboration plays a huge role in driving efficiency, and ultimately, profit

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Fees:
Member: £350
Non-Member: £550

2022 /2023 Training & Commercial Workshop Programmes

To see the current training schedule currently being resolved for Q1 and Q2 2022 please complete the form opposite and we will get the document over to you. 

Training the Trainers

March 2022 London - In person
May 2020 Manchester - In person

This one day course equips you with the tools, techniques and confidence to effectively train team members. It is designed specifically for those who have the technical background, education and experience to implement food safety and related programmes. Learn techniques to enhance retention, facilitation methods and how to create informative and engaging course modules that are based on proven adult knowledge principles.

Do you have technical skills, knowledge and experience?
This course equips you with the tools, techniques and confidence to effectively train staff and team members.

Designed specifically for those who have the technical background, education and experience to implement food safety and related programs, this course equips you with the skills, techniques and confidence to effectively train staff and team members.

Learning Objectives:

Based on proven adult learning principles, upon completion of this course, you will know:

Adult learning styles and preferences
Training styles and techniques to enhance retention
Training facilitation methods
Competencies of a successful trainer
How to create informative and engaging training modules


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Fees: £360

 
 
 
 

Dates for Q2 2022 diary

24th

April

UK FARMING IN 2030


Farming in 2030: this event explores a route to 2030 to demonstrate that with the right enabling conditions, an agroecological system could provide enough healthy food for a growing UK population. This initial forum will explore how our thinking about agroecology in this country needs to focus on five critical areas: diet, carbon, livestock, productivity and nature. By focusing on these areas, the debate will engage in a Q&A session to answer some key questions of our time: is it possible to provide enough nutritious food for people through agroecological farming alone? What impact would this have on land use, nature, biodiversity, livestock, farming enterprises, food security? What about health and wellbeing and meeting net zero carbon targets? The group will also explore where further analysis and discussion is needed in order to balance different interests and hear a wider range of voices.


Sectors: Farming, Agriculture, Grocery
Status: Open to Members 

10th

May

HR DIRECTORS ROUND TABLE 2022


HRS22 is an exclusive member event of industry HR decision-makers dedicated to finding the best approach to achieving the HR business goals they have set out for their company. COVID-19 has created a 'new normal' that all businesses - and particularly HR departments - are now working hard to keep up with. Our industry is experiencing some of the biggest repercussions from the pandemic. The industry and its related supply chains are facing a range of unique challenges that will require dedicated, effective solutions if organisations are to stay competitive during this time.

To succeed in achieving this ambition of coming out of the current situation in a better position than before, companies must be ready to negotiate some unprecedented HR challenges. HRS22 is designed to be a time-effective way to convene with like-minded peers and discover a route through the headline challenges facing the entire industry, sector by sector.


Sectors: Food Producers, Retail, Grocery
Status: Open to members

YOU DECIDE

2022/23

BENEFIT FROM HOSTING YOUR INDUSTRY FOCUS GROUP


Our industry sector briefings offer an unrivalled way to get your target audience and your team up to date on the latest service and product offering. From informal Q&A Sessions, Sector Focus Groups to Industry Seminars, Workshops and Round Table Talks. our events team are available to leverage their research, knowledge and industry contacts to support your event hosted by us.


Sectors: All Sectors
Status: Open to Members & Partners

TAKE A CLOSER LOOK AT THE SECTORS WE SERVE

INDUSTRY SECTORS

AGRICULTURE 

See the latest news, issues, topics and research across the UK agriculture, farming and fishing sectors. Participate in the debate. Connect with sector members. 

MANUFACTURING

To discover what's current and what's coming down the line in the UK manufacturing, production and processing sectors log in here. Join in the conversation on today's issues. 

FOOD SERVICE

Connect with your peers and business leaders in the food service and hospitality sectors. Understand the trends and consumer demands affecting FoH and BoH operations.

GROCERY

Get a top down view on where change is taking place in this sector. Engage with industry leaders. Gain a better understanding on how this and other industry sectors are developing.

TAKE A CLOSER LOOK AT THE WAY WE WORK

OPERATIONAL AREAS

MEMBERSHIP

Membership stretches across the UK food industry, sector by sector and  includes the biggest names, leading brands, start-ups, entrepreneurs, academics and business leaders.

TRAINING

We apply our insight, knowledge, and expertise in a “just for you” approach to unlock exclusive training and skills development opportunities for people in our member organisations.


EVENTS

Our industry-driven agenda, research and thought leadership sets the stage for the events programme which offers objective insight that gets to grips with the issues that impact on  the sectors across the industry. 

INITIATIVES

Our community initiatives bring people and business together to educate policy and decision makers whose active participation provides the foundation for these programmes to prosper.

TRADING FORUMS


As it says on the tin - Connections - connects pre-qualified UK food producers with a host of trusted buyers across relevant sectors of the industry - who are hungry to buy great produce or services.

QUEST

All under one title: Quest provides food industry opinion pieces, editorial contributions, industry leader interviews, op-eds, social media chatter, food and restaurant reviews.

PARTNERS

Collectively with our partners we keep our members on trend and better informed about industry issues, and business opportunities enabling them to make better informed decisions.

INSIGHT

Our Insight sector commentary provides food industry decision makers with independent, well informed insight and opinion based on the analysis contained within the Insight reports.

Initiative
A UK Food Council initiative to eliminate food poverty in the UK, supported by: