The Health Food Manufacturers’ Association (HFMA) has announced a new training initiative.
Following on from the success of its landmark year 50th anniversary in 2015, which saw the introduction of the association’s funding of 50 new applicants to the Health Food Institute (HFI) Professional Diploma Course, this initiative represented a stream within a wider year-long collection of activities.
Uptake on the HFMA funded HFI Diploma Course places has been immediate, with all 50 spaces swiftly filled by candidates seeking to expand their knowledge of the industry, and so to further build on this, the HFMA is continuing its investment in training by announcing a new partnership with long-standing HFI supporter, LanesHealth, to jointly fund a new legacy initiative, the HFMA/Roger Lane Scholarship.
The new scholarship will be awarded annually and recognises Roger Lane’s passionate commitment to the natural products industry, as well as the importance of well-trained and knowledgeable retailers. This support is in addition to the HFMA’s existing ongoing commitment to sponsor two of the HFI’s key annual training awards, the Jimmy Lee-Richardson Diploma and Continual Professional Development awards.
HFI Chair, John Frisby, commented: “We are delighted with the response we have had following the HFMA’s sponsorship of 50 candidates entering our Professional Diploma Course. Over the past few months, we have seen a stunning 35 different stores take on at least one of the 50 candidates. We have also seen some fantastic results, with the majority scoring marks at the higher end of 80 per cent. The HFI has always had a strong alignment and connection with the HFMA, and we look forward to a positive ongoing relationship with the Association.”
Graham Keen, Executive Director of the HFMA, added: “I recall with great affection my time as a colleague of Roger on the HFMA Council, and I know what a force of nature he truly was. He would be thrilled to know about this initiative and I can’t think of a finer person to give his name to this great HFMA 50th Anniversary legacy initiative.”