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Government to introduce new dinner ladies test

02 June 2005

A new vocational qualification for dinner ladies will be launched this autumn, as part of the Government's pledge to improve school meals in England and Wales.

Speaking at Unison's conference on school meals on 1 June, education secretary Ruth Kelly revealed the training scheme would be introduced in a bid to improve standards. But she stressed the move was just one of a series of changes, which will include tougher nutritional standards, designed to drive improvements in school food.

"We are determined to put in place a ladder of qualifications that recognises the value and importance of catering staff and helps them get on at work," said Kelly.

The new scheme is currently awaiting accreditation by the Qualifications and Curriculum Authority, and training support will be provided by the Learning and Skills Council.

A review of existing food preparation qualifications is being undertaken by People 1st, the Food Standards Agency and the Teaching Training Agency.

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