The first meeting of the CEDA Academy, bringing together young talent from different job roles in foodservice design, equipment and servicing, has met at First Choice Group’s HQ.
Three clear focus points were identified going forward – education and learning development, sustainability and supply chain relations.
Following the meeting, CEDA director general Adam Mason said he believed the sector has a bright future: "We have a great take-up for the academy with 19 of the leading young individuals from CEDA Members and Platinum Partners taking part.
“The first meeting was really positive with individuals taking part from small and large organisations, and a wide spectrum of job roles from design and estimating to service and marketing.
"There was a huge amount of positive energy in the room with everyone keen to pick up different industry perspectives and learn from each other. It was good to know we have a consensus from those in the Academy who are very keen to work on the three key topics, thereby giving them the core goals to reach a range of positive outcomes.
"I’m confident the future of our sector is in safe hands with the CEDA Academy members who are committed to their long-term careers in the industry with the full support of their employers. I look forward to seeing the fruit from their discussions and initiatives in the coming months and years."
"The event was made up of a great mixture of different people of a similar age and position. Adam Chettleburgh from Broadland Catering Equipment was one of those taking part. "It gave us an opportunity to voice our opinions, and not to just CEDA, but also to our peers," he said.