Training for the Food Industry
The University of Greenwich can provide:
- bespoke courses and technical advice for food industry professionals
- advice for Small-to-Medium Enterprises on food safety, quality, new product evelopment, packaging and management systems
- expertise with supply chain management from third world countries
- opportunities for postgraduate student placements
Ongoing development for food professionals
The Natural Resources Institute (NRI) at the University of Greenwich is a multi-disciplinary department providing links between academia and industry. A key part of its work is to promote Continual Professional Development (CPD) for those involved in maintaining standards for safety and quality in the food industry - following the farm to fork concept.
Working with farmers and exporters
The NRI's teams have a wealth of experience in helping farmers and exporters in Third World countries produce food that meets the legislative requirements of the European Union (EU). They also support farmers and processors in understanding and implementing systems such as EUREP (European Urological Residents Education Programme), GAP (Good Agriculture Practice) for farmers, and the British Retail Consortium (BRC) Standard for Food, for food processors.
The university offers a range of short courses that de-mystify the science and technical jargon surrounding food safety and quality. But food professionals aren't the only ones who can benefit from them. Business owners can also enjoy the support and guidance they offer. In fact, specialists from the University regularly advise SMEs on how to deal with new customers or suppliers from overseas.
Working with Local Environmental Health Officers
These officers ensure food producers and outlets are operating within the law and that the food they sell is of a certain standard. The NRI provides a range of training and development courses for them, which can be followed on a flexible part-time basis. These courses can last from one to three days if they're on a specific topic, or up to 12 days if they form part of an MSc in Food Safety and Quality.
The short courses offer credits, recognised by the University of Greenwich, which can build towards a higher degree, e.g. Post-graduate Certificate or Diploma, or the title of MSc.
Professionally recognised training
The Institute offers courses and programmes that are acknowledged by renowned Institutes. For example NRI is recognised as a training and examination centre by the Royal Institute of Public Health (RIPH) for courses in hygiene and HACCP (Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Point). While both the certificate and diplomas in packaging are also recognised by the Institute of Packaging.