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If you’ve been thinking about becoming an NCASS member (and if you haven’t, you can't know enough about it yet!), you’ve probably already noticed that there are a few different levels of membership available. Not sure which one is right for your business? Allow us to assist…
Is one of the most important reasons for joining the WorkOpps text messages? Are you looking for more catering work for your business? Then you’ll want to pay close attention to the work opportunity postcode and food type allowances included in each membership tier.
The greater your postcode and food type allowances, the more WorkOpps text messages you’ll receive. You can increase your opportunities to work and earn just like that. Here’s how many postcodes and food types you can select for WorkOpps within each level:
You can double, triple or, err, ‘infitinise’ your chances of receiving hot leads for catering work just by selecting a higher membership.
So if you’re past your first year’s trading and you’ve got the capacity to work a lot, you should really consider plumping for a Premium, Premium Plus or even Pro membership. And there’s more to the higher tier memberships than getting more work. Keep reading…
Food handlers in a catering business should be trained in level 2 food hygiene and managers or supervisors in level 3 (level 1 is appropriate for non-food handlers only). Ideally you should have one other member of staff trained in level 3 food hygiene at the very least (and it goes without saying that you should be level 3 qualified as the business owner).
Here’s how many training places are included at members’ price within each membership tier:
The number of training course places that you need for your food business comes down to the number of staff that you employ throughout your business as a whole.
If your business is still small right now, standard membership should cover your training needs. There’s enough training included there for 1-3 members of staff, including up to two managers. Once your regular staff are trained you could dish out any excess training places to friends and family in case you ever need to call on them in an emergency.
Is your business growing? Have you now got 4-7 members of staff (including yourself and one or two managers)? However your business is set up, if you’ve got 4-7 members of staff you should really be looking at Premium membership to cover your training needs. You’d be able to train 3 people (including yourself) to a supervisor-appropriate level so that any one of them could be in charge of any given shift. And you’d have enough training to make sure all of your food handlers know exactly what they’re doing in order to keep the public safe.
Premium Plus membership is right for your business. You’ll have enough level 3 food hygiene course places to train up to 5 managers. The likelihood is that with this number of staff you are operating more than one trading unit and with Premium Plus membership you’d be able to make sure you had an appropriately trained manager supervising any of your units at any given time.
Whether you employ 20, 50 or 100 staff in your food business, Pro membership is right for you – no doubt. With an unlimited supply of level 1 and level 2 food hygiene training, you can make sure that every single one of your food handlers are appropriately trained – no matter how many of them there are.
The only word of warning we’d give about training is this: Don’t be fooled into thinking you can get away with having untrained staff work for you. When an environmental health officer comes to carry out your food hygiene inspection and finds that you have untrained staff working on the premises, they’re going to be less likely to award you that all important level 5 food hygiene rating.
Have you got more than one trading unit? You should be looking at a higher tier membership to take care of your business’s needs and to cater for growth. Check out which membership you should go for based on the number of trading units you have:
When the time comes for you to decide which level of membership you should go for to meet your business’s requirements, bear in mind that the benefits of being part of the NCASS family keep on increasing the higher you go.
The amazing support and tailored advice is always the same though, no matter which level of membership you have. Whether you’re a teeny tiny start-up or a fully-fledged and fleeted catering company, you’ll always get the exact help you need, exactly when you need it from the Nationwide Caterers Association.
The text messages we send you containing work opportunities for your business are based on the specific postcodes and food types you select once you become a member.
It’s pretty simple really. If an event organiser is running an event in one of your selected postcodes and looking for one of your selected food types, we’ll match you up with a WorkOpps text message for that event.
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