In brief

This month’s news in brief

Clean up your act

A series of courses and publications has been launched by the British Retail
Consortium to meet its updated standard in food hygiene. The technical standard
was developed to form a common basis by which own-brand suppliers will be
certified and to acknowledge that more that 50 per cent of all food sold in the
UK comes from retailers selling their own goods. New courses provide internal
and certification body auditors with an understanding of the standard.

The BRC Technical Standard for Companies Supplying Retailer Branded Food
Products (3rd edition) has been revamped to recognise the move to a
certification-based standard, available from The Stationery Office.  www.tso.co.uk   www.brc.org.uk

Roffey park redevelops

Executive education and research organisation Roffey Park has embarked on a
£6.5 million redevelopment of its Horsham site to enable it to run more events,
seminars, think-tanks and retreats. Among the changes is an additional
purpose-built conference and seminar complex.  www.roffeypark.com

Securicor gears up

Securicor Cash Services is piloting e-learning with the hope of implementing
the new system across its network of more than 50 branches at the end of
September, to provide training for more than 6,000 staff. "The new system
provides staff with targeted training suited to individual needs and gives
employees maximum flexibility to train at their own pace," said HR
director for Securicor Cash Services Jenni Moore.

Dedicated apprentices

Corporate hospitality specialist and independent caterer Redcliffe is
celebrating the success of its in-house apprenticeship scheme.  The company developed its programme to mould
those with the interest but not all the skills after attempts to recruit
ready-qualified staff. Its first apprentice chef has just completed 18 months
of rigorous training and is now studying for NVQ level 2. A similar scheme has
been introduced for Food Service Assistants.  www.redcliffe.com

Latest catalogue

Training and software specialist John Matchett has published a new 80-page
catalogue with nearly 60 training courses. The company also now offers learning
management systems that enable users to deliver and manage both instructor-led
and on-line training.  www.jmlnet.com

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