USM Hospitality students pass food safety course


POND ISLAND – In partial fulfilment of the requirements of their Food and Beverage Operations course, University of St. Martin’s (USM) Hospitality Management students all passed the exam and received their “Food Handlers Food Safety Certificate.”

Instructor of the USM course Jan van Beek said he was both happy and proud about his students’ achievement. As the majority of these students will be doing a work-placement over the summer, it is definitely an advantage for them that they have this knowledge about food safety. He also thanked Michael Somersal of Steflogix, who made it all possible and facilitated the course free of charge.

Head of the Hospitality Division Erwin Wolthuis said this was a great example of what the completely new, fully accredited curriculum of the Hospitality Program stands for. “In our present BTEC-accredited program, the focus is on truly preparing the students for a career in the hospitality industry. This certificate, next to the eventual diploma, is just one of many we are preparing our students for,” He explained.

This August, the second cohort of the accredited HNC in Hospitality Management will commence. “We are inviting everybody who has an interest in obtaining this internationally recognized diploma to contact USM for more information,” Wolthuis stated.

Information can be obtained via USM’s Student Service Center and Admissions Office or directly from Wolthuis by emailing: