As a part of ceda, we are proud to work alongside them in one of the most important moments in recent catering and foodservice history. Ourselves as well as 14 members of the industry including Gratte Brothers, C&C Catering Engineers, Archer Catering Systems have jumped at the chance to be involved with the first ever Catering Equipment Service and Installation Apprenticeship!
Our Managing Director, Ben Odling said:
‘One thing we do have in our industry is a lack of youngsters coming through.
‘As soon as we found out ceda were launching a catering engineer apprenticeship scheme we jumped at the chance to enrol.
‘With one youngster on-board with this allocation and hopefully two more on the next enrolment in six months we are very excited to see our youngsters progress.
‘This apprenticeship covers every skill required and more, from electrical knowledge and gas qualification to customer service, what more as a company could we ask for?
‘This will create great ambassadors for our company and the industry in general!’
Catering and foodservice apprenticeships
The apprentices will be spending the next 30 months receiving some of the highest quality training and education within our industry. This training will be happening on a block release basis. The training centre will be used once a week, the rest of the time the apprentices will be on the job. We have also had a part in developing the training centre having donated a salamander grill and chargrill.
This apprenticeship also covers knowledge and skills including ACS accreditations, basic plumbing and electrical competence. As well as looking at health and safety issues, relevant regulations and fault finding procedures. We also deal with the end user which means they will be trained with customer care and communication.
The apprenticeship programme is being provided by ECTA. This organisation has worked providing gas and electric qualifications before, this is the first time they’ve worked with ceda.
Adam Mason, ceda Director General enthused,
‘From start to finish this entire apprenticeship project has been about Members and Partners working together for the benefit and future of our industry.
‘We are delighted to have facilitated and driven the development of the standard and equally delighted to now present it to the industry. ‘