A range of free online courses for Stirling’s business community has been launched on a training platform set up by the city’s Business Improvement District.
The team at Go Forth Stirling, which runs the BID, has organised the virtual programme to support businesses during the Covid-19 crisis.
Two new courses are being offered each month and the May courses cover Allergen Awareness and Fire Safety. Businesses can register by emailing Go Forth Stirling via firstname.lastname@example.org
The online training initiative is funded in association with the Covid-19 BIDs Resilience Fund which was announced by Communities Secretary Aileen Campbell in March.
The £1 million funding package aims to help Scotland’s 37 active BIDs play a vital role in supporting local businesses and town centres during the crisis.
Go Forth Stirling’s Project Director Danielle McRorie-Smith said: “The training platform is an important initiative which provides a practical means of supporting Stirling’s business community during this testing time.
“We’re pleased with the success of the first two courses which ran during April and were attended by 57 people – a number we hope to double this month as interest grows.”
Details of the May programme are outlined on the Go Forth Stirling website along with information about further courses which will be available over the coming months.
Ms McRorie-Smith added: “The courses are available to all Stirling businesses – not just those within the BID area.
“They offer an opportunity for ongoing training at a time when many businesses have been forced to close their doors and staff who have been placed on furlough are allowed to take part.
“We believe the initiative will help our businesses ensure a better foundation for commercial success following the pandemic and enable their workforces to emerge with more knowledge and training once Stirling is fully open for business again.”
The Allergen Awareness course offers essential training on the laws relating to food allergies and how to provide the necessary information to customers regarding regulated allergens in food provided by a business.
The course covers seven levels – including Food Allergy and Intolerance; Keeping the Consumer Safe and Managing Food Allergens – and will take around two hours to complete.
It has been devised by a qualified Environmental Health Officer and is designed for anyone involved in catering as well as staff who responsible for dealing with customer enquiries about food allergens.
The Fire Safety course covers all aspects of fire safety management including the importance of a fire evacuation plan, fire risk assessment plus prevention, protection and detection.
Participants will learn what to consider when creating a fire evacuation plan and how to put this plan into practice.
Further courses, which will be running between June 1 and the end of September, include Safeguarding Children; An Introduction to GDPR; Safeguarding Vulnerable Adults and Food Safety Awareness.
A full list of courses can be found via the link – www.goforthstirling.co.uk/business-support