Diary of an industry CPD student: Course notes 1

The first Kitchen, Equipment Design and Production Techniques CPD course organised by CEDA, CESA and the FCSI under the Tri Education banner is underway, with 14 industry professionals enrolled on the programme.

We’ll be following the progress of one of those students, Michael Faparusi, CAD technician at Chiller Box, as he makes his way through the course. Here, in his first column, he explains what inspired him to sign up to the programme.

"I have been working for Chiller Box for just under three months having worked as a CAD technician within the retail, residential, and commercial sector, and I can honestly say that I never imagined the catering industry to be so diverse. It is very important for me to get up to speed with all aspects of commercial kitchen design.

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"I am very fortunate to have the guidance of senior designer and sales consultant David Scourfield, who has almost 40 years’ experience of the catering industry. David has laid the foundations for my understanding of good commercial kitchen design awareness.

"After hearing about the ‘Introduction to Kitchen, Equipment Design and Production Techniques’ CPD course from the TriEducation co-operation of CEDA, CESA and FCSI, and it being offered at the University of West London, I decided to sign up.

"With this course I am hoping to further my knowledge of the catering industry as a CAD technician. Specifically, I want to enhance my ability to interpret the client’s brief and to deliver above and beyond their expectations. I also want the course to improve my understanding of commercial kitchen and equipment design from a chef’s perspective, and its impact on the catering industry.

"Overall, I think the CPD will add to my kitchen design skills in terms of ergonomics, equipment services requirements, health and safety, and the ability to give advice on kitchen design for business optimisation.

"A CPD course like this serves the commercial growth goals of Chiller Box and helps to enhance the catering industry’s reputation for professionalism. Clients can have added assurance that they are working with accredited and approved professionals."

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