Industry course produces first set of graduates

CEDA has offered its congratulations to the first industry professionals to qualify for The International Hospitality Design and Management Consultancy MSc.

The course has brought together a group of representatives from across the catering equipment sector.

It was launched three years ago as a joint initiative by CEDA and the FCSI after research found that 93% of hospitality employees felt the sector was suffering a skills shortage.

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The course, delivered by Sheffield Hallam University, is designed to answer the need for a professional qualification for design consultants as well as employees of catering equipment suppliers and distributors.

Jack Sharkey, owner of Vision Commercial Kitchens, was among the first group of professionals to quality for the degree.

He said: “The course has shown me that no matter what the obstacle, there is always a solution. It’s a philosophy that I have always believed in, but the course has shown me more effective ways of getting to the solution of a challenge.”

Steven Waterworth, commercial kitchen design and project managing at Caterware, who also graduated from the course, said the programme had been invaluable for understanding strategy, markets and project management ideas.

“It also increased my knowledge on architecture and potentials for financial analysis,” he said. “In the long run the module on consultancy gives a wealth of insight into the true meaning of consultancy!” he said. “It’s given me a more rounded knowledge and I am more confident in putting my views across and getting hold of robust information”

The Class of 2012 includes:

– Carl Morris, Elior
– Ed Fellerman, BF Engineering Services
– Jack Sharkey, Vision Commercial Kitchens
– Jamie Wilson, Catershop
– Jo Headland, Freelance Foodservice Design Consultant
– John Mundy, C&C Catering Equipment
– Jon Rook, Panache Consultancy,
– Matthew Merritt-Harrison, Catering Consultancy
– Roz Burgess, Intelligent Catering
– Steven Waterworth, Caterware
– Vita Whitaker, Whitco

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