Catering equipment brain drain ‘is being plugged’

Fears that the catering equipment market faces a ‘brain drain’ if new skills and talent aren’t properly nurtured by the industry are now being challenged by the establishment of new education initiatives, CEDA has argued.

Members of numerous industry bodies, including CEDA, recently pledged their commitment to an industry-wide apprenticeship programme.

And CEDA said it was also important to note that the recently-formed TriEducation Initiative involving itself, CESA and FCSI is already providing learning opportunities for those within the catering equipment industry and those aiming to come into it or learn more about it.

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“We realise the need to develop new training that complements the existing programmes and launching the first CPD in Foodservice Kitchen and Equipment Design by the University of West London will do that,” said Vita Whitaker, CEDA vice chairman and lead on education and training for CEDA.

“This form of learning is proving very popular, as it is spans approximately 12 weeks and focuses on a specific target area. There are 22 candidates registered, both from within our associations and from food retail with the programme due to commence in September 2013.”

All the current programmes relevant to the catering equipment sector involve distance learning with some time spent in tutorials or on university campus.

Many in the industry will already be familiar with the CFSP Programme and the Masters Degree in International Hospitality Design and Management Consultancy.

Whitaker said the introduction of the CPD in Foodservice Kitchen and Equipment Design was a particularly significant step towards safeguarding industry knowledge.

“It is great news for the industry as those within will broaden their understanding, gaining knowledge from the end-user’s point of view, and it is also attracting people from outside the industry who want to learn about areas such as the planning and layout of commercial kitchens,” she said.

Plans for future CPDs are being discussed and include project management, customer service and marketing, revealed Whitaker.

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