A GROUP of adult learners have achieved basic food hygiene certificates.
The members were presented with the awards at Leslie Library.
The training took place over eight weeks and was developed and delivered by a variety of services, including the Glenrothes-based basic education team.
The Scottish Qualifications Authority-linked course was delivered through a variety of learner friendly fun activities such as DVDs, quizzes, writing, letter patterns, reading and interactive resources includinga ‘calamity kitchen’, ‘the chicken game’, and playing cards.
The course was developed specifically for adults with disabilities with the aim of building confidence in learning the language, knowledge and understanding of food hygiene, as well as additional core skills and key competencies such as literacy, numeracy, communication, and team working which are required for employment particularly in light of these difficult economic times.
Some of the participants felt the course had been very worthwhile.
Sandra Barker, who completed a unit in both numeracy and communications, also attends The Forward Centre, Beaufort Drive, said: “I learnt a lot about germs and how to prevent them spreading”. William Barker who recently volunteered with St Ninian’s Charity Shop, Glenwood Centre, added: “I feel a lot more confident about food safety and found it helped me when I helped out at the café”.
Karen Dick a support worker, from the Forward Centre, Beaufort Drive, Glenrothes said: “It was a great course, very good visual aids and the service users enjoyed taking part and receiving their certificates”.
Adult basic education tutor, Helen R. Guthrie, added: “This has been a great opportunity for partnership working.
“We’ve also been able to offer SQA qualifications for the first time on this type of course. In addition to the achievements of the group, one person is going on to do further learning with ABE. It’s all been a great success”.
Natalie Carlton from the consumer and business education team praised the students and commented: “The students have worked extremely hard and showed tremendous commitment to the course. The students’ needs are various and using a blended type of learning has supported them in gaining knowledge and understanding in food hygiene”.