Innovative free training course being held for Whitby and district’s licensed premises

PEOPLE who own or run licensed premises in Whitby and district are invited to a free training event designed to give them the skills to handle difficult situations.

Agencies have joined together to provide the event on Tuesday 17 May between 2pm and 5pm at Scarborough Spa.

North Yorkshire Police, Scarborough Borough Council’s Licensing and Safer Communities teams, North Yorkshire County Council’s Trading Standards Services together with the Cambridge Drug & Alcohol Services are offering free, innovative training to licensees, staff of licensed premises and door supervisors of Whitby as well as the rest of the borough.

Rachel Wood from North Yorkshire Police urges people from as many different premises to attend.

She said: “North Yorkshire Police are pleased to be part of this event which offers a unique and diverse training opportunity for licensees and their staff, not only in relation to pubs but supermarkets and off licences too.

“We will be on hand throughout the day to offer advice and support and will take part in discussions regarding many of the challenging situations staff can find themselves dealing with during the course of their work.”

The interactive training will be based on four drama workshops covering under age sales and proxy purchases, safeguarding of children and vulnerable persons, raising awareness of drug issues and drinking before going out in the town and assaults

Actors will imitate four real life scenarios and staff will be encouraged to interact and learn more about their responsibilities in relation to the workshops.

Police, Trading Standards officers, and members of Scarborough Borough Council’s Licensing and Safer Community teams together with representatives from the Cambridge Centre will all be present and taking an active part in this event.

Andy Skelton, Scarborough Borough Council’s head of Environmental Services said: “This is the second of these free training awareness events we have been involved in.

“The first event proved a tremendous success and I am sure that the licensees, their staff and door supervisors will all benefit from it greatly by raising awareness and helping them to tackle the difficult situations they so often have to face.

“The event will be an ideal opportunity for those involved in this trade to raise any concerns and to ask any relevant questions.”

Derek Smith from North Yorkshire County Council’s Trading Standards and Planning Services added: “We recognise that licensees and their staff have an important role to play in preventing the supply of alcohol to minors and welcome this opportunity to develop a partnership approach.”

Licensees are encouraged to book their free places before 10 May by contacting Scarborough Borough Council’s Safer Communities team based at the Town Hall in St Nicholas Street, Scarborough or by emailing