The National Hygiene Partnership’s Management of Food Hygiene Course is well received in The Seychelles

June 29th, 2011 Categories: News, Press Releases Tags:

A group of 3rd and 4th year students from the Seychelles Tourism Academy (STA) completed the National Hygiene Partnership’s Management of Food Hygiene course in the Seychelles during May of this year. The course was delivered by Orla Cullinane on behalf of the Shannon College of Hotel Management and was funded by the Seychelles Tourism Academy.

MOFH group in Seychelles

Orla, who is a registered National Hygiene Partnership Licensed Trainer, teaches Food Science, Food Safety and Nutrition and is responsible for student welfare in the Shannon College of Hotel Management since September 1998. Orla has a B. Ed degree in Home Economics from Trinity and a Masters in Health Education and Promotion from the University of Limerick.

Students who successfully complete and achieve certain grades in the three year Level 7 Advanced Diploma in Hospitality Management at the STA will be granted direct entry into Year 4 of the Level 8 Bachelor of Business Studies in International Hotel Management (BBS) at Shannon College of Hotel Management. The first group of 15 STA Advanced Diploma graduates is due to enrol in Year 4 of the BBS programme at Shannon College in September 2011.

Orla expressed delight at how well the Management of Food Hygiene course was received by the students and, in particular, how well they all did in the subsequent examination. She also attributed part of the success to that fact that the students really appreciated the time and money which was spent on them at this stage of their career development and that they are combining their studies with their work in 4 and 5 star resorts in the Seychelles and this provides them with plenty of opportunities to apply the key principles of food safety and hygiene in their work environment.

Orla’s personal views on the importance of food safety training are encapsulated in the following statement; “I think increasing education and awareness around food safety ensuring as far as is possible safe food for the customer is essential for people working in all areas of the food industry and am delighted that all our students in Shannon complete the National Hygiene Partnership’s Management of Food Hygiene course during their course here inthe college.”

Shannon College of Hotel Management established formal links with the Seychelles Tourism Academy (STA) in 2010. The partnership operates on an outreach basis, hereby all aspects of the Advanced Diploma in Hospitality Management at STA are closely supervised by Shannon College of Hotel Management. This includes on-site supervision of exams, approval of exam papers and attendance at exam board meetings. The partnership also involves regular supervisory visits, guest lecturing and Shannon College assistance with curriculum development. The Seychelles Tourism Academy is a government funded public college. The partnership has been approved by the NUI Galway and the Seychelles Qualification Authority (SQA).

The National Hygiene Partnership is the trading name for a Partnership of Government Agencies and Industry Representatives Bodies which was established for the purpose of developing , promoting and coordinating a range of food safety training initiatives for the Irish Food Sectors. The NHP is registered for VAT in Ireland, Registration number 9535893H and the business address is Abbey Court, Block B. Lower Abbey Street, Dublin 1.