CESA’s latest training programme, the Principles of Food Service (PFS), is designed to help tackle the need to recruit young blood to the foodservice industry and two British catering equipment suppliers have recently benefited from it.
Lincat and Target Catering Equipment have both used the PFS curriculum to help new recruits get off to a good start, with CESA consultant Steve Loughton delivering the course on both counts.
“Forward-thinking companies that embrace the ethos of training and development will be the winners now and in the future,” said Mr Loughton. “PFS helps recruitment, by demonstrating a commitment to personal development, and gives a basic grounding that helps newcomers quickly make an impact.”
PFS is a nine-module course that takes two to three hours to complete. It gives newcomers to the foodservice industry a basic grounding in key areas such as food storage, food hygiene and commercial kitchen equipment. The course can be delivered by anyone accredited with CFSP (Certified Food Service Professional).
At Lincat, Mr Loughton delivered PFS to nine members of staff, who work in a variety of different areas within the company.
“Each module followed on smoothly,” said Michelle Hennell, who has joined Lincat as a services administrator. Emily Bell, who is a sales administrator, added: “It was very helpful in understanding kitchens processes more, which in turn will help when advising customers.”
At Target, the company’s new junior design engineer, Ian Williamson, was tutored through PFS.
Company director, Charlotte Pedrette, said: “With his knowledge and experience, Steve is able to deliver an insight into the catering industry that few would be able to match. I would highly recommended CESA’s Principles of Food Service programme as a great starting point to newcomers entering our industry.”