Thinking of changing career? Becoming a food safety trainer and consultant may not have initially been high on your list, but it should be…
The food industry needs people like you to keep them accountable, because accountability encourages businesses to value their work, take pride in it and achieve significant results.
It’s a lot of responsibility to shoulder, but don’t let that put you off.
With great responsibility comes great reward.
As well as a healthy paycheck, as a food safety consultant you’ll benefit from knowing your job is helping to maintain high standards to keep people safe.
The Benefits Of Becoming A Food Safety Trainer And Consultant
Becoming a food safety trainer and consultant could be your dream career, here’s why…
You’ll Have Control Over Your Hours
Wish you could work for yourself? Want to choose when you work, how many hours you do and what your work/life balance looks like?
As a food safety consultant, you can be self-employed, contracting through other health and safety organisations like us here at Envesca. This gives you the ultimate balance of a steady supply of work with the freedom and flexibility to build your career as you choose.
Variety Is The Spice Of Life
As a food safety trainer and consultant, no two days will be the same. One day you could be at a supply chain farm, the next training in a city centre restaurant and then at a food production factory. Each brings its own set of regulations, expectations and challenges for you to get to grips with. Keeping things interesting and preventing you from becoming fed up with work.
You’ll Be Hot Property
Here are 3 food-related statistics that might interest you…
- In 2021, consumers of the UK’s food, drink and catering industry spent a staggering £240 billion!
- The food and drink industry is the UK’s largest manufacturing sector.
- A survey in 2019 recorded 123,395 restaurants in the UK. Roughly 1 for every 4 people!
That’s a lot of potential customers that might need your services as a food safety consultant! They’ll need your expert help to stay on top of things and keep ahead of the game to help pass their food and hygiene inspections with flying colours.
Show Me The Money!
Whilst your career isn’t necessarily all about the money, we’d be fools to think it doesn’t matter.
You’ll probably be pleased to hear that the average earnings as a food safety trainer in the UK are around £27,251, or £13.97 per hour. With the range being from £26,000 to £39,571 depending on your experience.
Should you choose to go it alone and set up as an independent consultant, the sky’s your limit with how much you charge.
What Is A Food Safety Trainer And Consultant?
Now you know the fantastic benefits, let’s talk about what exactly a food safety consultant is.
Whether you’re employed in-house or freelance, as a food safety consultant your role will assist every type of food and drink business in the UK to comply with food and hygiene regulations.
Your job will be to visit and inspect various premises, from cafes to processing plants and everywhere in between, to identify processes that need improvement, and advise how businesses can make those changes. You will also deliver food safety training, from short non-accredited training on allergen awareness to the five-day accredited Level 4 Food Safety qualification.
Some things you can expect to do are…
- Checking HACCP compliance – every business that deals with food is required to have a plan based on the Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Point (HACCP). It keeps food safe from biological, chemical and physical risks.
- Monitoring processes – the three main food safety monitoring processes are…
- Corrective actions
- Verification methods
- Record-keeping procedures
- Keeping records – food safety inspectors look for accurate and update records of things such as health and safety training, equipment maintenance and fridge/freezer temperatures to name but a few.
- Providing insight and help with labelling – food and drink labels show the ingredients, preparation and shelf-life of a product, which helps to keep people healthy and safe.
- In-house training – as an expert in all things food safety your role is the perfect opportunity to raise awareness of regulations and promote best practices throughout the company.
Being a food safety consultant is a varying role with lots of opportunities.
How You Become A Food Safety Consultant
As an experienced food industry or hospitality professional, you’ll already have a well-developed understanding of food and hygiene standards and know what it takes to achieve excellent results.
If you’re thinking of becoming a food safety trainer and consultant, the first thing you need to have is an unwavering drive to push businesses within the catering and hospitality industry to excel with their health and hygiene practices.
To qualify as a food safety trainer and consultant and take your career in food to the next level, you’re going to need to complete some specific courses…
- Level 4 Award in Food Safety For Catering or;
- Level 4 Award in Food Safety in Manufacturing (required if planning to work with food manufacturers)
- Level 3 Award in Delivering Training (not required if you already hold a PTLLS or other teaching qualification)
Completing these courses will give you the confidence, competence and certification needed to identify, prevent and control potential food safety hazards, and use your expertise to enhance the knowledge of others.
Ready To Progress Your Career In Catering Or Hospitality?
If you’re ready to step away from the chaos of the kitchen, mayhem of management or pressure of production, what are you waiting for?!
Becoming a food safety trainer and consultant is a rewarding career, and you’ll be an instrumental part of maintaining and improving the food and hygiene standards of businesses to ensure they keep people safe.
Unsure if you’ve got the right experience to apply?
Click here to get in touch. We’ll be happy to chat things through with you to make sure you’re on the right course for a brilliant future.