Lincolnshire Co-operative has won a Regional Training Award for its staff training scheme to tackle underage sales.

The award was given by the National Training Awards scheme, run by UK Skills on behalf of the Department for Innovation, Universities and Skills. It recognises the success of the scheme which has been introduced in all 69 Lincolnshire Co-operative foodstores.

All new staff have to undergo the training for the BIIAB Level 1 Award in Responsible Alcohol Retailing on their first day, and must pass an exam before they can serve alcohol in the stores. The training covers the effects of alcohol, the retailer’s duty not to serve drunk customers and retailers’ social responsibility when selling alcohol.

“We believe that the training we offer helps our staff to understand the responsibilities we have as a retailer,” said Lincolnshire Co-operative learning and development manager Sara Barrett.

“As a local retailer, we want to support the communities we trade in and take very seriously the concerns over the detrimental effect underage drinking can have on those communities.”