Trade association Ceda has launched an initiative that aims to link industry professionals with potential employers if they are made redundant from their current role due to the pandemic.
Some companies in the sector have already commenced redundancy campaigns, which has raised the spectre of qualified and experienced people dropping out of the catering equipment industry.
Through its new ‘cedaRetain’ programme, the organisation hopes to help those who find themselves out of work through no fault of their own by connecting them to companies that are looking for talent.
Those wishing to register should visit ceda.co.uk/cedaretain/ and complete a short form detailing their location, expertise and a short biography of themselves and what they are looking for.
Ceda will then share their profile among more than 110 member companies, all of which provide services such as design, project management and equipment supply and support services to the food service, catering and hospitality industries.
Once the form is submitted, Ceda will confirm authenticity, contacting individuals for clarity where necessary. The details will then be published to a members-only page.
Members will have access to the profile and the option to make contact with the individual if they believe there is a potential fit.
Ceda will not have any involvement in the recruitment process; instead it will be up to members to initiate contact and take further action.
The scheme is free for both individuals and members to use.
In addition to providing a shop window for people, Ceda is encouraging them to continue their professional development while looking for employment opportunities.
As such, all those that register will be invited to take part in Ceda’s weekly webinar schedule where they can see product and topical presentations from leading catering equipment suppliers and manufacturers.
All registrants will also be given free of charge, unlimited access to Ceda’s E-learning platform which contains more than 100 generic CPD accredited and certificated business modules.
Director general, Adam Mason, said: “During these difficult times, a number of highly skilled people with good experience and significant talent will find themselves without a job and could be lost to the industry.
“We need to retain as much talent and experience in order to make recovery as swift and efficient as possible. If we can help prevent just one person being lost from the industry it will be worthwhile.
“By engaging with those seeking opportunity, giving them a platform to be seen by the best companies in the sector and providing learning and development opportunities, we believe that we are providing positive support to people in difficult times.”