UK’s top food safety students announced by Highfield Qualifications

Highfield Qualifications has announced the winners of its inaugural UK Top Student Awards competition

The awarding organisation, which is the market leader for food safety qualifications in the UK, announced the winners at its Food Safety in a Changing World conference on 13 June at the National Motorcycle Museum in Birmingham.

The competition recognises the highest achieving learners in two of Highfield’s most prestigious qualifications – the Level 4 Award in Managing Food Safety and the Level 4 Award in HACCP for Management.

The winners, who received their awards in front of the leading names in food safety in the UK, were:

Level 4 Award in Managing Food Safety winner

  • Marco Jerruntrup, Shield Safety Group Limited

Level 4 Award in HACCP for Management winners

  • Catherine Marsland, Adele Adams Associates Ltd

  • Simon Rees, IQMS an SAI Global Company

Each winning student received a cheque for £250 and a certificate to recognise their remarkable achievement, while their training providers received a specially designed Highfield plaque to display in their premises.

Richard Sprenger, Highfield chairman, said, ‘This is an excellent way for us to recognise the achievements of the top performing students in the UK, particularly in such important areas. These are the professionals of tomorrow, and the people who will reaffirm the UK’s reputation globally for high standards in food safety. It’s also encouraging that, in the inaugural year of the awards, the standard was so high that for one category we had two winners based on marks achieved’.

He added, ‘It was likewise important that we recognised the important work that training providers do. Our centres play an invaluable role in developing top-class students and future food safety professionals, and a large part of the success and the standing of the UK’s food safety sector internationally’.

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