At HMP Altcourse the catering is provided by Aramark, one of the largest service management organisations in the world.
The catering department is required to provide meals 3 times daily for prisoners and lunch and hospitality in the staff restaurant 7 days a week. The menu rotates on a four weekly basis and caters for all dietary, ethnic and healthy options needs including special diets as prescribed by the prison doctor. Food is ordered via a weekly pre-select system and delivered to the units by a hot trolley system.
Safety and hygiene are of paramount importance when working with food, and at HMP Altcourse we ensure all prisoners receive a range of training opportunities. The Aramark staff provide prisoners with training which is refreshed on a regular basis. Some examples of training include:
- Safe food handling
Safe knife drill
Reporting of defects
Reporting sickness and accidents
- Control of substances hazardous to health regulations
In line with HMP Altcourse’s commitment to providing prisoners with training opportunities Aramark offers NVQs in Catering and Hospitality, this includes such skills as:
- Health & Hygiene (Basic) certification
- Aramark 5 star Hygiene certification
- NVQ food preparation
- NVQ food service