DBPR and FRLA Now Offer Food Employee Training in Spanish
October 24, 2008
TALLAHASSEE— The Hospitality Education Program (HEP) housed within the Department of Business and Professional Regulation, in cooperation with the Florida Restaurant and Lodging Association (FRLA), is now offering food employee training classes in Spanish. According to the United States Census Bureau, nearly two-and-a-half million Floridians speak Spanish as their first language. The addition of Spanish classes is geared toward meeting the needs of this growing population.
Food employee training classes in Spanish, along with the other English classes, are already underway throughout the State. The Spanish classes are currently scheduled in Jacksonville on Oct. 28 at 9 a.m. at North Florida Community College, 601 W. State St. Spanish classes are also scheduled in Miami, Orlando and Tampa in the upcoming months.
HEP provides this training at no cost to the participants. The Safe Staff materials used in the food employee training can be purchased through the Florida Restaurant and Lodging Association. The new Spanish version of the Safe Staff manual is now available.
The Division of Hotels and Restaurants is dedicated to protecting the health and safety of the public through education in partnership with the industry. The Department’s mission is to license efficiently and regulate fairly. The Department licenses more than one million businesses and professionals ranging from real estate agents, veterinarians, and accountants to contractors and cosmetologists. For more information, please visit www.MyFloridaLicense.com.