Food Skills

Aberdeen City Public Health Team

Foodskills Training programme

The foodskills training programme is open to anyone who can use the skills learnt to improve the health and well being of their local community- staff, volunteers and members of the community. The courses are free to attend and held at venues throughout the city. Courses involving cooking are usually hosted in partnership with the community training kitchens- at Deeside Family Centre, Sunnybank Community Centre and Williamson Family Centre.

Click here for the Foodskills Training Programme 2017-18

Confidence to Cook Training for Trainers

This 2 day course is designed to equip participants with the knowledge and skills to deliver Confidence to Cook (C2C) courses with clients or in the local community. It encompasses:

  • Key nutritional messages
  • Practical food preparation skills
  • Utilisation of the C2C pack and supporting resources
  • Facilitation tips.

Staff or volunteers who work with people, children or adults, to improve their diet or who are in a position to influence their food and health choices can access the training. This includes:

  • Community workers
  • Mental health workers
  • Family support workers/volunteers
  • Youth workers

REHIS Elementary Food Hygiene

This accredited course gives you an introduction to basic food hygiene principles and practices, including:

  • An Introduction to Food Hygiene
  • Bacteria and Their Characteristics
  • The Incidence of Food Poisoning and Its Prevention
  • Personal Hygiene and Working Habits of the Food Handler
  • The Working Environment
  • Cleaning Practices
  • Common Food Pests and Their Control
  • Food Legislation

A short multiple choice exam follows the teaching part of this course.

Food Hygiene Refresher Training

If it has been a while since you undertook your REHIS Food Hygiene training, you might benefit from attending this free course to refresh and update your knowledge around food hygiene

REHIS Food & Health

This course is delivered in partnership with one of our local community training kitchens. A REHIS certificate is issued on successful completion of the course.

The course content includes:

  • Basic nutrition- the function of foods; Energy balance
  • The relationship between diet & health
  • Understanding the value of and barriers to eating a well balanced diet
  • Healthy food choices.

REHIS Food & Health for Carers

This basic nutrition course is specifically tailored for those caring for adults with a learning disability. The course, which is delivered over 2 full days, is based on the existing REHIS Food and Health Course, but the course resources have been tailored to support the needs of this particular group. A REHIS certificate is issued on successful completion of the course.

The course content includes:

  • Basic nutrition and healthy eating
  • The relationship between diet & health
  • Promoting a well balanced diet
  • Encouraging healthy food choices.


Do you run a community café, lunch group or social enterprise?

Would you like help to complete the legal documentation and establish HACCP procedures?

If so, this training is for you!

For more information about foodskills or any of the courses, please contact:

Jenny Gordon,
Public Health Dietitian

To book a place on any of these courses, please contact:

Julia Brown, Public Health Team Admin
Tel: 01224 551528

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