Grŵp Llandrillo Menai Independent Living Skills students are celebrating after achieving the highest possible score for both the standard of their training kitchen and good practice within the kitchen, from the Food Standards Agency (FSA).

The students from the Glynllifon campus's Living and Work Skills department spent months making sure that the kitchen that they use for training on their course met an 'exemplary standard of hygiene'.

During the audit, officers focused on cleanliness, cross-contamination, chilling, hygiene and food processing practices, the condition of the building, and how the enterprise is managed.

Sonia Bee, cooking facilitator at Glynllifon, said:

The experience has been a great opportunity for students to follow the same rules as professional catering establishments.

Students kept a range of detailed files on a variety of kitchen disciplines, including the correct recording of temperatures.

 Cooking lecturer Sian Davies said:

Getting students to play an integral part in getting the kitchen ready for an assessment of this magnitude has been an invaluable opportunity in developing cooking skills, food hygiene, and entrepreneurship. Keeping the kitchen to the highest standard possible prepares our students for a variety of workplaces in the future. 

Food business operators are required by law, to ensure that food handlers receive appropriate supervision and instruction/training in food hygiene in line with their work activity and should enable them to handle food safely.

The FSA in Wales has a wide range of policy and professional expertise within its ranks. Based in central Cardiff, it carries out a range of functions formerly discharged by public health and agriculture staff of the Welsh Government.

Grŵp Llandrillo Menai runs a number of courses for students with mild to moderate learning disabilities, severe learning disabilities and social and emotional behavioural difficulties, which are tailor-made to meet individual needs.

Support for the learning is discussed and agreed with students, parents or guardians and relevant professional agencies. The emphasis of the provision is to develop essential skills, life and work skills - including numeracy and communications.

Telephone 01286 830 261 for more information on courses at the Glynllifon campus.