CESA’s drive to tackle the skills shortage and push the foodservice industry to commit to higher levels of training will be given a boost at the association’s 2018 conference, in association with Cedabond, ENSE and the FCSI, with the announcement of two new awards.
The Apprentice of the Year, sponsored by John Gilbert, will recognise the individual winner’s commitment, contribution and success in their workplace. The Training and Development Award will celebrate a company or an individual who has done outstanding work in supporting staff development.
The winners of both awards will be announced during the gala dinner, to be held on the second day of the conference, Thursday 15 November, at the De Vere Cotswold Water Park.
Glenn Roberts, who will pass on the baton of CESA chair to John Whitehouse during the conference, has made training and staff development key strategies during his two-year stewardship of the association. “I’m delighted that we’ve been able to announce these awards now,” he said.
“By shining a spotlight on apprenticeships and training we hope they will encourage and inspire individuals and companies.”
The conference theme this year is ‘Evolving in a disruptive environment.’ Roberts added: “With Brexit looming, the skills shortage is even more of a business threat. We have to encourage young people to consider careers in foodservice and, at the same time, raise professionalism throughout the industry.”
The awards are open to all CESA members and associate members, with closing date for entries being 19 October.
The event is open to all foodservice industry professionals, including equipment manufacturers, suppliers and dealers, consultants and operators. CESA members receive a discount.