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Catering courses and workshops

Catering Services offer a programme of courses and workshops.

Some of these courses are aimed at individual schools so will not be bookable by the general public. These take place in the classroom and in the school cafeteria consisting of:

  • Cookery workshops - learning practical cookery skills and preparing and trying new foods. This workshop caters to pupils of all ages.
  • The handwash challenge - a fun whole group exercise showing the importance of good handwashing techniques. Pupils get to use a special dye that makes hands glow under UV light, this helps visualise germs they may have missed when washing their hands.

Please contact your child's school should you wish to see any of the courses arranged within the school or after school.

How to book

Please contact Susie Dunlop, Catering Support Officer, Telephone 01563 576403 or e-mail for bookings and course dates.

Royal Environmental Health Institute of Scotland courses (REHIS)

REHIS Food Hygiene courses are industry recognised qualifications and are essential for all those working in food production or processing, we currently offer two REHIS accredited courses:

Introduction to food hygiene

Duration: 2 ½ Hours

The Introduction to Food Hygiene course is a non-examined food hygiene course aimed primarily at food handlers that are entering the food industry for the first time. The course is also suitable for staff who have an ancillary food handling role, for example, portering staff and staff who distribute pre plated meals, but whose primary function is not that of a food handler.

There is a cost of £30 per candidate which includes all tuition, REHIS course handbook, materials and certificate upon completion.

REHIS Elementary Food Hygiene (E-Learning)

The Royal Environmental Health Institute of Scotland (REHIS) Elementary Food Hygiene Certificate provides food handlers and businesses with a basic knowledge and understanding of the causes of food poisoning, measures for prevention and the legal aspects of food hygiene in Scotland. This course is designed for all staff within any organisation who prepare and handle food (catering staff, classroom assistants, carers and nursery workers) and who wish to meet the statutory obligations under current legislation.

This is an E-learning course, easily accessible online.  You must have an email address to access the course.

Once you have completed all the modules you can download an examination permit. This can be saved, emailed or printed. The exam will take place at a suitable premises in invigilated conditions.

The course takes around six hours to complete. Candidates will be send a hard copy of the Food Hygiene Handbook and Question of Food Hygiene for Scotland workbook. Tutorial Support is available to course participants either by phone during working hours between 0900 -1400 Monday – Friday or  email Susan Dunlop.

For more information or to register for a course please email Susan Dunlop 

  • The course costs £55 per candidate.
  • You can pay by telephone using a credit or debit card 

For more details on the content of any of our courses offered please contact us.

Contact Information

East Ayrshire Catering Service
Central Catering Unit
Rowallan Business Park