Sunday, September 20, 2020

Diversey’s e-learning opportunity offers essential hygiene support to F&B industry

Diversey – the leading global hygiene and cleaning company – is extending its support for the Food and Beverage (F&B) industry in the current global pandemic.

The company is offering a special access deal on its cloud-based Hygiene Academy platform training packages for F&B employees, whereby individuals can receive a 30% discount until 31st August.

The fundamental requirement for the highest standard of hygiene has seldom been a more explicit topic. In the current circumstances, with employees working from home – and those left onsite having to take on cleaning tasks that they are unfamiliar with – the importance of improved awareness of cleaning and disinfection is clear.

Diversey is providing an opportunity for the F&B industry to integrate Diversey’s best-in-class knowledge into their operations as an essential step for any company wishing to keep staff safe, minimise risks to food safety and safeguard their brand.

Safely and remotely upgrade skills 

The Hygiene Academy’s e-learning programme provides the opportunity to upgrade skills with the power and convenience of e-learning. As Fabrizio Tardioli, Knowledge Based Services Leader, Diversey explains: “In these challenging circumstances, we recognise how many of our partners are having to balance staff absence with the necessity to keep production going.

“This is alongside any expectations of hitting the ground running when business returns to some kind of normality. The Hygiene Academy offers an excellent option to ensure that standards and knowledge are maintained or enhanced prior to any return to work – especially if staff have been laid off for an indefinite period.

“Diversey are determined to offer support throughout this difficult time and feel one of the safest and best ways is to offer this special package of access to our Hygiene Academy.”

A flexible and complete learning solution regardless of circumstances

Leveraging Diversey’s experience as a global leader in food safety hygiene solutions, Hygiene Academy courses enhance employees’ work-related skills, alongside knowledge of techniques required to progress to the next stage of their career.

Coronavirus aside, the skills gap has been one of the perennial challenges facing the global F&B industry. The Hygiene Academy offers the perfect and safe tool to upskill.

In what is anticipated to be a difficult transition period after the pandemic, sharpening skills and showing the initiative to do so will also offer greater chances of employment and promotion. This can play a key part in motivating staff participation in self-isolation or for those experiencing an extended lay-off period.

The package provides the following training for 10 employees:

  • Basic hygiene and cleaning concepts
  • Cleaning chemistry
  • Food microbiology
  • Disinfection (Sanitation)
  • Monitoring and documentation
  • Good Manufacturing Processes (GMP)
  • Personal Hygiene for Food and Beverage Plants
  • Handwashing
  • Safe handling and application of detergents and disinfectants

Companies will find the cloud-based Hygiene Academy an attractive option as there is no requirement to invest in expensive hardware or software at this financially sensitive time, and training can be consistently delivered across the workforce.

Accountability is ensured by tracking employee participation, with their performance and progress at employee, site and/or country level efficiently monitored through the user dashboard.

Courses are now available in nine languages – English, German, French, Italian, Dutch, Polish, Greek, Spanish and Brazilian Portuguese – which, in addition to increasing the Academy’s global reach, supports customers employing an international workforce.

A learning solution suitable for every size of business

All courses have been assessed and are accredited by the CPD Certification Service and the platform exhibits powerful reporting capabilities which can be used for compliance/audit. Inbuilt flexibility allows corporate users to manage and deploy their own training courses from the same platform.

Mr Tardioli said: “Our experience so far reflects the Hygiene Academy’s suitability for companies of all sizes, whether global corporations or independent producers.

“As a complete learning solution the Hygiene Academy offers everything you need, from continuous learning to a commitment to career development; while we actively incorporate any relevant new developments in the F&B sector into the training materials.

“The package we are offering in light of the current difficult trading environment created by the Coronavirus outbreak is unique. Our extensive catalogue of hygiene and food safety courses come with the assured quality that our global experience and reputation provide to the market.”

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