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Catering equipment industry bodies support apprenticeships

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A new partnership has been developed to encourage apprenticeships in the catering equipment industry.

The Catering Equipment Suppliers Association (CESA), the Catering Equipment Distributors Association (CEDA) and the Foodservice Consultants Society International (FCSI) have agreed to provide 75 placements with their members for young people looking to earn experience in the sector.

CESA chairman Nick Oryino welcomed the partnership and said the organisation is "delighted" to be taking a leading role. 

"There is an acute need for well-trained and effective people to join our workforce, whether in office roles or in equipment service and manufacturing," he commented.

Mr Oryino said the catering equipment industry is a dynamic sector that can provide young people with "rewarding" and "fulfilling" careers.

The initiative will focus on increasing the number of apprentices taken on by small and medium-sized companies. Many of these firms will be eligible for a grant of £1,500 for each young person aged between 16 and 24 they take on.

Businesses also stand to benefit from increased productivity, as recent research from the Centre for Economics and Business Research found the average apprentice contributes £214 to a company each week.

David Way, executive director of the National Apprenticeship Service, commented: "The demand for apprenticeships from young people has never been stronger, while thousands of new businesses are introducing apprenticeships every month as they look to attract and develop young talent."

The agreement has been formed following recommendations made in the Holt Review, which said trade associations should do more to promote apprenticeships. Jason Holt, the author of the report, said he is pleased to see organisations in the catering equipment industry implementing his advice, which will help small businesses realise the advantages taking on apprentices can bring.

The government is keen to increase the number of young people entering the world of work through apprenticeships and a growing number of companies are now advertising these placements. Recent figures from the National Apprenticeship Service show the number of vacancies between February and April 2013 were 15 per cent higher than the year before.ADNFCR-16001031-ID-801601178-ADNFCR

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