The first ever Catering Equipment Service and Installation Apprenticeship, created by Ceda members, has welcomed its first cohort of apprentices.
Fifteen industry professionals from Aggora, APS Catering, Hatherleys, Gratte Brothers, C&C Catering Engineers, Archer Catering Systems, UpNorth Group, NWCE and HB Catering & Refrigeration arrived in Stockport last week to begin their induction sessions and training.
The apprentices will now spend thirty months receiving the training and education on a block release basis, meaning they only need to attend the training centre for one week every eight weeks.
The programme, provided by ECTA, will cover ACS accreditations, basic plumbing, electrical competence, health and safety issues, and relevant regulations and fault finding procedures, as well as customer care and communication.
Ceda director general Adam Mason said: “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.”
Apprentice Chris Williams, of HB Catering and Refrigeration, said: “I’ve been at the company for two years. When I heard that ceda apprenticeship was beginning, I decided it was time for me to step into a frontline role and jumped at the opportunity. The course will provide me with all of the qualifications I’ll need for fulfilling a successful career.”
Damion Russell, who has been with Gratte Brothers for four years, added: “I’m really looking forward to completing the apprenticeship programme. The qualifications I’ll gain will provide me with the expert knowledge I need to carry out my job safely and to uphold the highest industry standards for my company. They’ll also give me confidence and independence, so I can carry out jobs on my own.”