Sponsored Training for Licensed Staff across Staffordshire

M- TEEN_DRINKINGA number of staff from on and off licensed premises across the county are being sponsored to undergo training sessions to help stop selling alcohol to underage teenagers.

During 2013 test purchase operations took place, 60 of the 141 pubs sold alcohol to someone under-aged.

Licensing Inspector, Jed White, said, “It is the responsibility of licensees to trade within the licensing law.  Selling alcohol to those under-aged is against the law and can have consequences not only to the health of those young people but also the potential consequence of anti-social behaviour.”

Partnerships Against Business Crime in Staffordshire (PABCIS) has successfully found sponsorship through the SAB Miller Scholars Programme in partnership with the British Institute of Innkeeping (BII).

Insp White added, “We are extremely pleased with the achievement of PABCIS in securing the training places, which was one of the pledges that came from the Chief Constable’s alcohol conference looking at enforcement and health issues last year.”

PABCIS working in partnership with its members and the various PubWatch/Nighlife Partnership schemes offered the training opportunity to people working in the licensing trade.  They have been overwhelmed with the response and have more than 60 people on the reserve list.

The BIIAB Level 1 training in Responsible Alcohol retailing will offer more in-depth knowledge of the Licensing Act and practical advice on how to identify people under 18, or who are intoxicated, and prevent them from buying alcohol.  As a result, they will be able to contribute more effectively to the efforts to reduce the harm caused by underage and excessive drinking.

Julie Davies, Business Crime Manager and lead of PABCIS, said, “We are delighted with the uptake from the licensing trade for the training.  It can only help in reducing opportunities for underage people to buy alcohol.

“The two training sessions will be attended by staff from venues and off-licences from Tamworth, Burton, Uttoxeter, Stafford, Cannock, Rugeley, Hednesford, Newcastle, Biddulph, Leek, Stoke-on-Trent and Lichfield.”

Denise Thomson, Director of Quality and Compliance at BIIAB, said, “The current economic climate can make it difficult for small businesses to invest in training, but the scholars programme gives them the opportunity to develop their staff and in turn become better businesses.  There’s benefit for the individuals too as they become more employable within the sector even if they leave the business which trained them.”

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