If you work with food in any capacity and in any industry, a basic level of food safety training is essential. In fact, in most job roles relating to the processing, preparation and serving of food to the public, a qualification such as the CIEH Level 1 Award in Food Safety is a vital part of the entry criteria.
Whilst this basic level of food hygiene training can act as a great starting point for a career in a food industry position, it does not cover the specific demands of different jobs. For example, a chef in a restaurant will need entirely different training to someone responsible for food preparation in a nursing home or other health and social care setting, where meeting nutritional needs is a priority.
This is why industry-specific food hygiene training is so important. With basic level 1 training under your belt, you should then focus on developing your knowledge and skills to meet the demands of the industry youâ€™ll be working within.
For people working in the catering, manufacturing or retail sectors, they will move on from basic training to take the CIEH Level 2 Award in Food Safety, a course tailored to the specific challenges of roles in these industries.