One of the East Midlands’ largest business support organisations for food and drink firms has unveiled its 2010 programme of training events.

The Food and Drink Forum, which has been supporting companies in the sector across the region for almost 12 years, will be delivering a series of manufacturing and food technical training courses to help businesses raise the skills of their staff, increase their knowledge and boost efficiency.

The courses focus on food safety, lean manufacturing, project management, production planning, automation, internal auditing training and effective purchasing negotiation.

“At The Forum and Drink Forum, we believe that a well-trained, skilled workforce is an asset to any organisation,” said Food and Drink Forum operations manager Briony Clarke. “Equipping employees with the right expertise can vastly improve their confidence and motivation, and enable them to work more efficiently in their role. For a business, this can mean reduced staff turnover, increased productivity and ultimately a measurable impact on the bottom line.

“The Food and Drink Forum has been delivering high quality training to the food and drink sector for well over ten years now, and we hope that our latest training courses will prove valuable to firms across the region.”

The Food and Drink Forum offers support to firms in Derbyshire, Nottinghamshire, Leicestershire, Lincolnshire, Northamptonshire and Rutland.

The training programme kicks off with a one-day Royal Society for Public Health (RSPH) Foundation Certificate in HACCP (Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Point) course on February 24th, and is followed by a three-day RSPH Intermediate Award in HACCP for Food Manufacturing on April 13th, 20th and 27th. The first of the manufacturing courses Becoming Lean takes place on 22nd April.

More details are available on or by calling 0115 9758810.

All courses take place at the Business Centre, Southglade Food Park, Nottingham.