Hilary Croft, chief executive of Coeliac UK, says: “We are expecting the demand for safe gluten-free catering to increase as more people are diagnosed with coeliac disease.
“Research shows that people with coeliac disease - and the family and friends they eat out with - are currently worth a potential £100m a year to venues that can cater for them, so this figure is likely to rise.
“However, it is important for all caterers to ensure they are confident and knowledgeable on how to safely cater for the gluten free diet within the law and, for just £70, our newly revised online training course provides essential information to train staff for this expanding gluten free market.”
Readers of PSC can qualify for a 20% discount on this price, reducing it to £56, by entering the discount code PSCGF2020 when they sign up online. The offer stands good until June 30th.
Since the charity first launched the interactive online course in 2014, nearly 7,000 people working across a wide range of industries from chefs and catering staff to hospital ward staff and school teaching assistants, have completed the course.
An updated version of the course has been launched this week, providing improved usability to enhance the learning experience, as well as allowing participants to track progress against each module and enabling companies to be more in control of their staff training.
The course, which takes approximately one and half hours to complete, is suitable for all food industry professionals in both the private and public sectors and provides in depth training on:
* understanding coeliac disease and the gluten free diet
* the law on gluten free
* choosing the right ingredients and gluten free storage
* preparing and cooking gluten free food
* cleaning and personal hygiene
* communicating with staff and customers
* monitoring gluten free procedures.
On successful completion of the training, a personalised certificate from Coeliac UK can be downloaded to be displayed or added to training records.
To sign up visit www.glutenfreetraining.org and quote PSCGF2020 to take advantage of the discount.