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Training courses to raise awareness of food hygiene

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Food_Standards_Agency[1]FOOD HYGIENE ratings that were introduced by the Food Standards Agency (FSA), have now become commonplace as all food outlets have to comply with and display them. 

While the “scores on the doors”scheme has recently been the subject of much discussion, the Welsh Food and Drink Skills Project is proactively driving change and supporting food premises in Wales to understand better how the scheme works and how they can improve. The fully accredited courses have been developed by Food Business Assistance in collaboration with Lantra, after research into the Food and Drinks Supply Chain (FDSC) in Wales revealed a shortage of key skills to drive the industry forward in the coming years. Caryl Tudor Jones, Project Coordinator for The Welsh Food and Drink Skills Project said: “As consumers we should be confident that food outlets are operating responsibly and the food hygiene ratings scheme helps in giving us that confidence. “However our research tells us there is a need to improve the skills of workers within the food sector to better understand what is required and how they can meet the requirements. “Our courses have been developed with the needs of businesses at the very forefront of the training so they are not just another box-ticking exercise, but fundamental to the success of the business. Scoring lowly on the Food Hygiene Rating is not good enough, when, with simple, practical and affordable training, all Welsh businesses could achieve the very highest marks which is what we want to see, the business want to see, and of course the people who eat or buy their food there.” Upcoming Food Hygiene Rating training courses are on Wednesday, June 18 at the Food Centre Wales, Horeb, Llandysul (£42) and on Wednesday, July 2, at Glynd?r University (£42). Despite the FDSC being Wales’s largest collective employer, employing 230,000 people and generating £6.5 billion a year, The Welsh Food and Drinks Skills Project has found that skills gaps will stifle this vital industry unless addressed now. Food Hygiene Rating training courses are just one of the many that the Project have on offer to close the skills gap, and get the FDSC ready to meet the needs of the coming years. To learn more about Lantra’s accredited Food Hygiene Rating training courses, or to find out what other courses we have that may be of interest to you, please contact The Welsh Food and Drink Skills team on 01982 552646 or visit www.foodanddrinkskills.co.uk.

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New Quay RNLI lifeboat crew trains with lifeguards

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NEW QUAY lifeboat station hosted a special training evening with the lifeboat crew and Ceredigion’s RNLI lifeguards last week.

Pete Yates, one of New Quay RNLI’s inshore lifeboat helms, worked closely with Ceredigion lifeguard supervisor, Tirion Dowsett, to plan scenarios for the teams to practice working together in casualty care situations.

A large scale scenario included four casualties to be dealt with by the inshore lifeboat crew and two lifeguard teams on a nearby beach, whilst a third lifeguard team and lifeboat crew members dealt with a separate scenario at the lifeboat station.

Pete said: “It was a great evening of training. We had 9 lifeguards and 13 lifeboat crew in attendance.

“The main scenario included casualties suffering from hypothermia and propeller injuries. A second scenario involved a mechanic suffering head injuries in the forepeak of the all-weather lifeboat and requiring extraction on a stretcher.

“On completion of these scenarios we all gathered back at the station where one of our senior crew members sprung a great act at being a diabetic having a hypo, and being suitably angry and aggressive.”

Roger Couch, New Quay RNLI’s Lifeboat Operations Manager, added: “It was great for our lifeboat crew members to work with the lifeguards as it builds a deeper understanding of each other’s roles and encourages teamwork between us. This is of great benefit when dealing with real life casualty care situations.”

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Coastguard rescues dog stuck on cliffs

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LAST TUESDAY (Aug 27), New Quay RNLI’s inshore D-class lifeboat, Audrey LJ, was tasked by Milford Haven Coastguard to assist the Coastguard with a dog stuck on the cliffs near New Quay.

The volunteer crew launched the inshore lifeboat at 1.50pm with four crew members on board and made their way south down the coast.

Brett Stones, New Quay RNLI’s helm said: “We located the dog on the cliffs by Castell Bach, near Cwmtydu. We stood by while the Coastguard team caught the animal. The dog was unharmed and safe with the Coastguard so we were stood down.

“However, while returning to station we were then tasked to a small vessel with engine failure. We towed the stricken boat with three people on board back to New Quay. We rehoused the inshore lifeboat and it was ready for service by 2.40pm.”

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New maintenance Lorries cut carbon emissions

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The Ground Maintenance Team has purchased three new lorries to support ground maintenance services in Ceredigion.

The new lorries will move Ceredigion County Council’s Ground Maintenance Service’s equipment to and from the grounds that they look after. The lorries will also take cut grass away for composting. This provides the most efficient way of maintaining the areas that the team is responsible for.

Councillor Dafydd Edwards is the Cabinet member responsible for Highways and Environmental Services together with Housing. He said: “The new vehicles replace ones which had provided excellent service for almost 20 years. They are fitted with Euro 6 engines which are considerably more efficient and better for the environment.”

The Grounds Maintenance Team is also incrementally introducing electric-powered mowers, blowers, hedge cutters and strimmers into its fleet. This equipment is better for the environment, is easier to use and causes less noise and vibration.

The new lorries support Ceredigion County Council’s commitment to be a net-zero carbon council by 2030.

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