Roles and responsibilities and relationships in lifelong learning
Understand own role and responsibilities in lifelong learning
Summarise key aspects of legislation, regulatory requirements and codes of practice relating to own role and responsibilities.
In accordance with the Health and Safety at Work Act (1974) it is the duty of every employer to ensure the provision of such information, instruction, training and supervision as is necessary to ensure, so far as is reasonably practicable, the health and safety at work of his employees. In a catering environment this means effectively teaching the correct use of potentially harmful equipment such as knives, hotplates etc as well as food safety regulations for the safety of others. HSWA (1974) applies to every workplace in the UK and addresses the health and safety of employers and employees within the working environment. It outlines the legal responsibilities of individuals for health and safety issues.
Local authorities develop their own service plan for food businesses however they must all work within the framework of the Food Standards Agency. The current framework agreement on official feed and food controls by local authorities has been effective since April 2009. The Food Standards Agency’s new Code of Practice which governs the Council’s approach to food inspections and enforcement matters was introduced in February 2012. East Northamptonshire Council, who issue the licences for food premises and carry out periodic inspections of the premises in my area, also require that there is always a person on duty who has obtained the level 2 Food Safety qualification relative to the business ie catering, manufacturing or retail.
The Chartered Institute of Environmental Health (CIEH) is a registered charity and the professional voice for environmental health. It sets standards, accredits courses and qualifications for the education of members and other environmental health practitioners. It provides information, evidence and policy advice to local and national government and environmental and public health practitioners in the public and private sectors.
To teach Basic Food Safety for Catering level 2, the CIEH currently requires that you have both a teaching or training qualification to at least PTLLS level 3 and a minimum of a level 3 award in Food Safety for Catering.
There are many recognised teaching qualifications including: •
Diploma, Certificate, Bachelor or Masters Degree in Education, •
City & Guilds Teacher Certificate
Level 3 NVQ in training.
PTLLS, CTLLS, DTLLS
If any of the required qualifications were gained more than three years ago, you are also required to submit details of how you have kept up to date with best practice.
Explain own role for promoting equality and valuing diversity.
The Equality Act (2010) is an Act of Parliament of the United Kingdom. The Act legally protects people from discrimination in the workplace and in wider society.
It is against the law to discriminate against anyone because of: •
being or becoming a transsexual person
being married or in a civil partnership
being pregnant or having a child
race including colour, nationality, ethnic or national origin •
religion, belief or lack of religion/belief
These are called ‘protected characteristics’.
You’re protected from discrimination at work, in education, as a consumer, when using public services, when buying or renting property and as a member or guest of a private club or association.
Diversity is about more than equality, it is about valuing variety and individual differences and creating a culture, environment and practices which respect and value differences for the benefit of society, organisations and individuals.
As a director and trustee of my charity I am responsible for ensuring that we adopt an Equal Opportunities Policy...
Bibliography: Reece & Walker 2002 Teaching, Training and Learning, 6th ed. Houghton le Spring, BEP Ltd
Adult Learning Adult Teaching 2006 Daines, Daines and Graham.4th ed, Cardiff, Welsh Academic Press
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