Safe Return to Work: Food Catering

This Virtual College Safe Return to Work: Food Catering course has been designed for those who work in the hospitality industry and have been impacted by the temporary closures forced upon many businesses because of Covid-19. It explains government guidance and gives best practice to help both employers and employees to return to work safely in a catering business or any other food businesses.

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Course Overview


  • Intermediate
  • 1 Study Hour
  • Online Study
  • Self-Printed Certificate


  • Virtual College Endorsed

Course description

Designed for employers and employees of takeaway food establishments, our online course outlines best practices to ensure you and your employees can return to work safely following COVID-19.

We also offer our Safe Return To Work course for people working in: Food Manufacturing | Food Retail | Manufacturing | Offices | Retail

Following the COVID-19 lockdown, many catering and hospitality establishments are making a move to takeaway services, whilst they are unable to provide sit-down services, and they are starting to return to the workplace. But what does that actually mean for employers and employees? What measures need to be put in place to make sure everyone feels safe?

Aimed at both employers and employees, our online course helps answer these questions. Using the government guidance and providing best practice advice, it helps you find a way of returning to work safely.

The topics you will cover are:

  • An overview of the current COVID-19 guidance.
  • What social distancing means.
  • What the terminology used by the government means.
  • The impact of returning to work and how to plan and risk assess the work environment.
  • The key things to consider when travel is needed for work.
  • Things to consider when staff return to the workplace, including policies, procedures and training that should be considered.

Please note – while this course includes guidance from across the UK, the content is primarily based upon regulations and guidance in England.

Who should take this course

Our Safe Return To Work: Food Catering online course is suitable for employers and employees at any level working in the food catering industry. Some of these roles may include waiters, waitresses, bar staff, chefs, kitchen staff, pot washers, cleaners and many more.

This course has been designed for those working in restaurants, bars, pubs, cafes and takeaways.


Our course will take approximately one hour to complete. The length of time taken depends entirely on how quickly you can study and absorb the material. You can proceed as quickly or slowly as you like, and there is no limit on how long you can take to do the course and your progress will be automatically saved so you can log in and out as you please.

Entry requirements

There are no specific entry requirements for this course.

Test and certificate

The end of course test consists of 10 multiple choice questions. Learners are required to achieve a 75% pass mark, and, if necessary, may attempt the test six times at no extra cost.

If learners do not achieve the 75% pass mark, further attempts may be given by contacting our support team.

Learners will be able to download a digital certificate on completion. This can be printed, and we suggest you keep it for your records.

You will learn

  • How COVID-19 can spread and steps to take to reduce the risk as much as possible
  • The risks associated with reopening a closed site and be able to mitigate these
  • The new policies, procedures and training that needs to be considered and implemented to ensure a safe return to the workplace
  • The need for changes to be considered to the workplace and how this might affect your own workspace

Who is it for?

Roles including:

  • Any employer or employee that is returning to a food catering work environment that is providing takeaway services, such as:
  • Restaurants
  • Bars and pubs
  • Cafés
  • Takeaway establishments


Legislation covered in this course includes:

  • Government guidance for Covid-19

How the online courses work

  • Find a course

    To begin searching for your online training you can click on the course category section on our website and browse through all of our training categories.

    Alternatively if you already know the title of the training you’re looking for you can use the search bar located in the centre of the homepage and go directly to the course you want.

  • Buy the course

    When buying one of our courses, you will need to enter a valid email address which will be used to create your account with our Learning Management System – Enable – where you will take the training. We will also send your purchase receipt to this email address, and any additional courses purchased in future using the same email address will be added to your system account.

    Once you have purchased a course, you will be able to send this course to other people using your system account with Enable by entering the new learner’s email address so that they may access the training and set up their own system account with our Learning Management System.

    If you are not 100% satisfied with your course then we offer a 30-day, no hassle money-back guarantee. To request a refund, you should email our learner support team with your receipt stating why you would like to be reimbursed. You, or your learners, must not have completed the training in order to make a valid refund claim. Any claim made after the training has been completed will be invalidated.

  • Take the course

    This online course consists of a series of pages in which an instructor will talk learners through the lesson material. Pages may include supporting pictures, graphs, animation or extra sounds to help with the learning where appropriate. Some lessons will include challenges/quizzes to help learners stay engaged and interested in the material. Lessons can be taken in any order and each lesson may be paused and resumed at any stage.

    The course is self-paced so learners decide how fast or slow the training goes. There is no deadline for completion but some of our courses have a test at the end to check that learners have understood the material. If the course has a test at the end then learners are required to achieve a 75% pass mark to successfully complete the course. Once learners have passed the test they are awarded a certificate, which can either be downloaded digitally or sent as a physical copy if this option was chosen when purchasing the course.

  • Your Certificate

    Upon completion of any of our courses, learners will be able to download a digital certificate from Virtual College which will include the accrediting bodies logo where applicable, the learner's name, the title of the course and the date of completion.

    If you have purchased the posted certificate option, available on selected courses, a high quality, seal embossed, certificate will be sent out the following working week after completion.