cedaRetain: Keeping Our Industry Connected

ceda’s latest endeavour to support the industry through the COVID-19 pandemic is cedaRetain.

Already, some companies in the sector have announced the starting of redundancy processes which will lead to many good people with great experience, skills and talent looking for employment opportunities.

ceda hopes to connect those that may find themselves out of work, through no fault of their own, with potential employers.

The process is simple. Those wishing to register should visit ceda.co.uk/cedaretain/ and complete a short form detailing location, expertise and a short write-up/bio about themselves and what they are looking for. ceda will then share their profile amongst more than 110 ceda member companies, all of whom provide services such as design, project management and equipment supply and support services to the food service, catering and hospitality industries.

Screen grab of the cedaRetain website form

Once the form is submitted, ceda will confirm authenticity, contacting individuals for clarity where necessary. Once ceda are satisfied, the details will be published to a members-only page.

Screen grab of the cedaRetain website listings page

ceda members will have access to the profile and will simply click a button to retrieve the email address and contact telephone number of the individual and then take it from there. ceda will not get involved any further and will leave it to the member company to initiate any contact, interview or further actions. There is no cost to the individual or the member company.

In addition to providing a shop window for people, ceda are also encouraging them to continue their professional development whilst 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 over 100 generic CPD accredited and certificated business modules.

Discussing the initiative, ceda Director General Adam Mason says, “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.”

The scheme is now live. Anyone who has been made redundant, or feels they may be at risk of losing their job, can register themselves at ceda.co.uk/cedaretain/ or contact Adam Mason for further information – adam@ceda.co.uk.