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 next month, 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, meanwhile, 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 on Thursday November 15.
Winterhalter’s Glenn Roberts, who will pass on the baton of CESA chair to First Choice’s 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. 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.’ “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,” added Roberts.
The awards are open to all CESA members and associate members. Closing date for entries is 19th October.