Industry issues call for more catering equipment service engineers

Catering equipment electrical engineers will now be able to train at First Choice HQ.

The Catering Equipment Suppliers Association (CESA) has launched a video series designed to encourage individuals to take up apprenticeships as catering equipment service engineers.

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Perks of the Job, the first video in the Catering Service Providers Series, features an assortment of apprentices, engineers and senior staff talking about the rewards of their chosen career path.

One of the most attractive parts of the job is said to be its variety – on any day an engineer may visit a Michelin star restaurant one minute, a school the next or a huge high-street chain after that.

Kenny Grace, a service engineer for warewasher specialist Winterhalter, said: “The career really stands out if you like the freedom of working in different places.” While Ruben Rahunathan, improver refrigeration engineer with McFT commented: “It’s not like a nine-to-five job, every day is different.”

Elsewhere, Kane Needs, technical manager at service company Marren, added: “The job is always fast paced.”

Job satisfaction is said to be another perk. Rob Chapman is a regional operations manager.

He said: “You go into a hospital kitchen and the oven’s down, you walk out and it’s fixed so everyone can eat their lunch – in terms of job satisfaction, that’s huge.” And Laura Smiles, catering engineer with McFT, believes: “You fix something, there on the job, and you get a really good buzz.”

There are a number of catering equipment service engineer apprenticeships available for anyone looking for an interesting and challenging career.

CESA can offer advice on next steps, and more information can be found on its website.

Perks of the Job, and the forthcoming videos in the Service Provider Series, will be uploaded to the CESA UK Youtube channel.

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