The new series of CEDA learning and development webinars, put together to support the association’s members during the Covid-19 crisis, is reportedly experiencing success.
Providing an eclectic mix of topics, including ventilation and DW172, disposal and reuse services, hygiene and sanitation solutions, refrigeration, ventilation, health and safety advice, product presentations, mental health awareness in the workplace and discussions about the future of foodservice and operator confidence, the webinars seem to be proving a hit for the CEDA membership.
Since the program launched in the middle of April, the uptake has surpassed expectation with some sessions receiving in excess of 90 participants, prompting CEDA to up its Zoom account capabilities.
The variation of what’s on offer has also grown. A number of CEDA’s partner companies have taken up the opportunity to present, and some have returned to deliver new topics and presentations.
Speakers from across the industry have directly engaged with attendees. Simon Stenning, expert market intelligence for the UK foodservice sector believes these webinars are really useful. He said: “Bringing the industry together at this time is crucial, even if through a Zoom call. I believe it really helps to share information, thoughts and ideas, and to have a platform to raise queries and get discussion flowing. There are no clear-cut answers to the challenges we all face, and so open discussions with our peers provides food for thought and inspiration.”
The topics on offer appear to be hitting the right tone. Two health and safety sessions are taking place each week, with an average of 30 attendees per session. One recent webinar, dedicated to Covid-19: ‘Returning to the workplace safely’, had 50 attendees and a substantial Q&A section, all keen to understand and digest the government guidelines and how to apply them to their own workplace.
CEDA’s director general Adam Mason said: “Since we launched our weekly webinar, we have seen over 800 attendees across the sessions that we have hosted and we now have up to eight sessions every week. It’s great to see members and partners engaging and pleasing that we are getting the subject matter right.”
A regular part of the webinar schedule is the weekly Members Connected session which allows CEDA members a platform to discuss issues, share best practice and ideas and support one another. Numbers have reportedly grown week-on-week as more members look to the association for guidance during these unusual working conditions.
Full details of the CEDA Webinar programme can be found on the association’s website. The schedule is updated on a weekly basis. Staff who have been furloughed can still take part in these learning, education and development activities.