Ceda has expressed its gratitude to a number of industry companies that pitched in to equip and fit a training kitchen for catering equipment apprentices.
The facility, based at training provider ECTA’s base in Stockport, is being used by those on the Catering Equipment Service and Installation Apprenticeship scheme.
As revealed earlier this week, the funded programme provides a dedicated training platform for catering equipment professional taking their apprenticeship.
With the first set of apprentices now inducted on the course, Ceda director general, Adam Mason, hailed the organisations that had come together for the benefit of the industry to provide a kitchen worthy of the course.
“From start to finish this entire apprenticeship project has been about members and partners working together for the benefit and future of our industry. We are delighted to have facilitated and driven the development of the standard and equally delighted to now present it to the industry. ”
He said Ceda wished to extend its thanks to Falcon Foodservice Equipment for their donation of a six burner range and a gas fryer, Inox Fabrication for an extraction canopy system, Rational for a combination oven, NWCE for a salamander grill and chargrill, and S&S Northern and Archer Catering Systems (ACS) for an interlock system. ACS also installed the kitchen.
Director Nick Archer, who was instrumental in facilitating the collaboration of the various companies, which in any other circumstance would be fierce competitors, commented: “It is important for our industry to have its own dedicated apprenticeship scheme that can bring together engineers from different companies, to achieve training and qualifications that are actually relevant to what we do within our industry.
“The fact that so many companies have come together to provide time and knowledge on the initial trailblazing group and providing equipment for the new kitchen at ECTA is testament to what we can achieve when we all come together. I would like to reserve my personal thanks for Adam [Mason] and Peter [Kay] from Ceda for providing the platform to make this happen and Kirstin [Hatherley] for her work with the initial trailblazing group and subsequent meetings.”
The apprentices will now spend 30 months receiving the highest quality training and education on a block release basis, meaning they only need to attend the training centre for one week every eight weeks.