Coeliac UK has updated its online training course in an effort to make it easier for fish and chip shops to meet the needs of the growing gluten free market.
The £70 course, which was first launched in 2014, is now easier to use and allows participants to track progress against each module, which puts businesses more in control of their staff training.
Taking approximately one and half hours to complete, the online course provides in depth training on coeliac disease and the gluten free diet as well as the law on gluten free. It also covers choosing the right ingredients, storage, preparing and cooking gluten free food, plus cleaning and personal hygiene. Communicating with staff and customers and monitoring gluten free procedures are also covered.
So far nearly 7,000 people have completed the course.
Hilary Croft, chief executive of Coeliac UK, explains: “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 £100 million 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.”
On successful completion of the training, a personalised certificate from Coeliac UK can be download to be displayed or added to training records.
According to Coeliac UK, 1 in 100 people in the UK has coeliac disease but only 30% of those with the condition have been diagnosed. There are an estimated half a million people in the UK who have the condition yet don’t know it.
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