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Training development

What and why?

In September 2007 GCDA (Greenwich Co-operative Development Agency) received funding from the London Development Agency to provide free training to increase the levels of healthy and sustainable food provided by public sector caterers.

The aim of this project was to increase the training available to the public sector, to improve the availability of healthy, sustainable food in schools, hospitals, care homes and prisons in London. The project built on the new Government Standards for Schools and Care Homes and aligned with one of the priority actions of the Mayor's London Food Strategy launched in 2006, the Strategy identifies food preparation and cooking for public consumption as a high priority and recommends that it be conducted to the highest possible standards for school children, hospital patients, prisoners, the homeless and the elderly.

Since the project came to an end in October 2009 GCDA has continued to offer bespoke and accredited training to the public, private and voluntary sector at very competitive rates achieving exceptional results. See the GCDA website for current information.

Who is the training for?

  • The training was designed for public and private sector catering organisations, voluntary sector and charities, but also for families and individuals who are interested in increasing their knowledge and skills of healthy, sustainable food. 

Where and when?

  • Training is usually run in-house so trainers can visit an organisation at a time that is convenient to them and their staff.
  • Specialist training days are run throughout the year please contact Mel at for more information.
  • Greenwich Cooperative Development Agency also has a training room and training kitchen on its premises, which can be used as a venue for training.

Good Food Training: This project designed and piloted bespoke and accredited healthy and sustainable food training for caterers and buyers working in public sector institutions in London.

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