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Ryedale District Council offering free food hygiene training courses for local businesses

Ryedale District Council is offering catering and food-handling premises in the district free access to food hygiene training from online training provider High Speed Training.

By law, all food handlers must have an understanding of the principles of food hygiene and know how to work safely so as to protect the food they serve from contamination. The course being offered is suitable for anyone who handles, prepares or serves food in the catering industry.`

The course covers legal responsibilities, best practice in regards to controlling food safety hazards, controlling temperatures, food storage, food preparation, personal hygiene and premises cleaning. 

The scheme was launched in 2021 and Phillip Spurr, Programme Director of Place and Resources, is keen to see more premises in the district take up the offer.

Phillip said: “The impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the hospitality and catering sectors has been huge. There have been countless challenges to face, and turnover of staff is a really major one.

“We are delighted to be able to offer these courses for free here in Ryedale, as it’s a great opportunity to re-engage with businesses and ensure that food hygiene standards are as good as they can be across our area. 

“We want to play our part and help all the food businesses in our area ensure that they are operating safely and effectively, benefiting not only themselves but their customers and the local communities.

“We have already supplied local businesses with over 200 of these courses, and the feedback has been brilliant. We’re really passionate about making Ryedale the best it can be, so are urging any more businesses that could benefit from this free training to get in touch.

“Whether you are a new or existing business, please do get in touch with us to see how we can support you.”

One local business that has already benefited from the scheme is the North York Moors Railway,  the iconic heritage railway and museum.

Kathryn Watson, Catering Manager at North York Moors Railway, said: “Thanks to Ryedale District Council, over the last two years we have been able to put a number of staff and volunteers through High Speed Training’s courses, which we have always found to be incredibly accessible and educational.

“We’re really passionate about training and development here at NYMR, and we’ve been so impressed with the project, which has allowed us to maintain really high standards and provide great results for our customers and the wider community, and assist with further developing our colleagues.

“We’d encourage any local businesses and organisations to get involved, and would like to thank both Ryedale District Council and High Speed Training for supporting the project.”

Businesses interested in taking the course to get their licence can email stating the name of their business and the full names of the people they want to undertake the course. 

For more information about the High Speed Training Food Hygiene Certificate visit: