In the school canteen environment of today, professional development for canteen staff should be considered essential if staff are to keep skills and knowledge up to date that will allow them to keep pace with industry changes and legislative requirements. As the peak body representing school canteens of all education systems in WA, WASCA has a commitment to ensure provision of appropriate industry training for canteen personnel. Subsidised by specific project or grant funding, WASCA also delivers workshops and other short courses throughout the State, using qualified and experienced industry trainers, in conjunction with other government and non-government health agencies.
These sessions are a fantastic way to introduce new parents to the Healthy Food and Drink policy. A representative from WASCA can be on hand at the school orientation session to give a brief 15 minute overview of the policy and what parents can expect from the school canteen. The use of visual resources can help parents to make healthy choices when packing their child’s lunch box and each family is given a resource pack that contains recipes and ideas. These sessions are currently only available in the Perth Metropolitan area, please contact Amanda Ferguson to register your interest.
Conducted by a qualified nutritionist, student workshops are held in the classroom and run for approximately 45 minutes. Students discuss the Healthy Food and Drink policy, categorise products using the ‘traffic light’ system and participate in a food demonstration and tastings. Students receive information on making healthy food and drink choices and resources to take home. We will work in conjunction with teachers to ensure minimum disruption to timetables. A number of sessions can be held at the same school and class sizes of up to 60 can be accommodated in the one group. Please contact Amanda Ferguson to register your interest.
The parent workshops are fun and interactive! They include an overview of the Healthy Food and Drink policy, food demonstrations and tastings for healthy and appealing lunches and snacks made from home, and practical advice on label reading. Parents are given resources and are encouraged to apply the ‘traffic light’ system at home. These workshops run for approximately 1-1½ hours and can be tailored to the specific needs of the school and parents. The sessions are carried out in a very informal and relaxed atmosphere and can be held in a classroom, staffroom or multipurpose room. A flyer advertising the session will be sent to the school for distribution to parents. Please contact Amanda Ferguson to register your interest.
The focus of this workshop is on running a profitable canteen with topics such as how to mark-up menu items, recipe costing, standardisation and portion control and waste minimization. These session run for approximately three hours, dependent on numbers. Please contact WASCA to register your interest in either hosting or attending a session.
These sessions are fun and informal. We tailor the session to suit what you would like to discuss. Meeting topics may include ‘greening up’ menus, profitability, food safety or marketing. The 1 ½ hour session is free to attend and provides a great opportunity to network with canteen staff from other schools in the area. Please contact WASCA to register your interest in either hosting or attending a session.
StarCAP2 is a voluntary accreditation program that recognises and rewards schools whose sales of green foods exceeds 60%. The training session runs for three hours. During the session we cover the four core areas of the program including, policy, marketing, menu and food safety and hygiene. Training sessions will be scheduled in areas where there is a demand. Please contact WASCA to register your interest in either hosting or attending a session.
Traffic Light Training (TLT) covers all aspects of the Department of Education’s Healthy Food and Drink policy. As a group we discuss why the policy is important, menu planning and assessment, linking with the school community and food safety and hygiene. Compliance with the policy requires someone from the school to complete this course. Cost of training is $15 for WASCA members and $20 for non-members.
Please note TLT is also available online at www.waschoolcanteens.org.au/training.
Training sessions will be scheduled in areas where there is a demand. Please contact WASCA to register your interest in either hosting or attending a session. Alternatively, a calendar of sessions currently scheduled can be found on the home page.
We also provide a menu, product and recipe assessment service. Simply post or email the details and we will send you a report.
TAFE canteen management course
The TAFE course is offered at
- Polytechnic West, Bentley, Tuesday nights from 5.00pm – 9.00pm
Start date for semester 2, 2017 is July 25th, the course runs for 20 weeks.
Course fees are set by TAFE and range from approximately $300 – $600, depending on concessions.
SITHKOP302 Plan & Cost Basic Menus
SITXFIN201 Process Financial Transactions
SITHCCC207 Use Cookery Skills Effectively
SITXFSA101 Use Hygienic Practices for food safety
Completion of Year 10 and a commitment to child/adolescent nutrition and health, and economically viable school canteens.
For more information or to register your interest contact WASCA on 9264 4999 or firstname.lastname@example.org