Rachel West and Jo Jones are the creators of a new platform, Foodsphere, which would be involved in assisting food and hospitality industry professionals in training and upskilling their employees by providing online access to hundreds of courses in food manufacturing, nutrition, and hospitality, and catering.
Flexi Training was founded in 2009 by industry training specialists who began working together in 2003 to give NVQs and apprenticeships especially relevant to various elements of the food business.
Since founding Flexi Training, the company has encountered several obstacles in the industry, and they discovered that most of the training already available was no longer fit for purpose.
“For some time, we’ve had comments from businesses asking us why workers had to cover specific training areas that were not related to a person’s position to get a certificate,” Rachel explained.
“Because our method divides training into smaller courses, people may improve their abilities in areas that are more tailored to their requirements in a more effective manner.”
Since the onset of COVID-19 pandemic the number of online courses have increased considerably. Foodsphere provides training that may be accessible from home or at work, at a time that is convenient for both the student and the business.
“We wanted to expedite the work we’ve been doing as Flexi Training, so we set up Foodsphere to give a more agile approach to learning, and we developed it with industry organizations in mind,” Jo continued.
All our courses are based on the BRC Global Standard, the Food Safety Act, and the Health and Safety Act.
With a library of over 100 courses currently accessible, the team is continually developing new ones to satisfy the demands of the industry. A wide array of courses, ranging from contamination to temperature control, waste management to cocktail mixing, knife skills to allergy knowledge, and simple nutrition to fortification and supplements are currently available on the platform. The team can also build customized courses for practically any food-related condition.
And, with courses starting at just £3.99, Foodsphere provides an inexpensive option for consumers to acquire new skills for themselves, as well as companies to upgrade the skills and knowledge of their new or existing staff.