Checkit checks in at Fish Friers’ Federation training academy

A British trade association has begun using Checkit’s digital food safety technology as a teaching aid at its training academy.

The National Federation of Fish Friers (NFFF) has installed the cloud-based solution to teach students about safety and hygiene.

The federation offers various courses covering all aspects of business, from marketing to food hygiene, at its training academy in Leeds. The bespoke training facility features a fully functional fish and chips shop-style training kitchen, where students can learn the skills in a real-life environment.

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Students attending courses at the training academy will be able to use Checkit’s innovative digital food safety solution and learn how to optimise compliance and manage all the food safety tasks required to run a fish and chips business safely and successfully.

The NFFF selected Checkit in response to the growing popularity of cloud-based safety systems and its pre-programmed checklists based on the guidelines.

“We want to promote and protect the fish and chips industry, and showcasing the latest technologies that are available to help improve the way businesses are run is a way of doing that,” said Gregg Howard, president of the NFFF. “Managing food safety digitally is much more convenient compared to a paper-based system, and leaves business owners with more time to focus on developing other aspects of the business.”

Checkit replaces time-consuming and error-prone paper-based procedures with a touchscreen handset, which prompts staff when checks are required and provides simple instructions on what needs to be done.

While the Checkit solution is now installed in the training kitchen, the NFFF will also continue to teach the paper-based hygiene management practices, but expects the trend towards digital alternatives to keep increasing.

“Digital systems are becoming the norm because of the way businesses progress: many business owners become multiple operators, which makes management challenging as they can no longer be on site at all times. Checkit gives them confidence – they know they have a system in place to make sure the essential food hygiene tasks are taken care of, even when they are not there,” added Howard.

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