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Willows students served up a feast of new skills on course

Pupils of Willows High School on a hospitality course have served up the fruits of their labour.

First Campus hosted a special presentation dinner for students across the city to celebrate the successful completion of Hospitality Project 2016.

The 15 pupils from Michaelston Community College in Ely and Willows High School in Tremorfa have taken part in a six-week hospitality project at Cardiff Met’s School of Management, which is aimed at providing pupils with practical cookery skills, service skills and knowledge of the future opportunities available to them in the sector.

To celebrate the completion of the project, the students were able to put their skills to the test by hosting a dinner at the hospitality suite at Cardiff Metropolitan University’s Llandaff campus.

Pupils were split into two groups. The kitchen team were responsible for preparing, cooking and presenting the meals, and the front of house team were responsible for setting up the restaurant and serving guests, which included family, friends, teachers and members of Welsh Government and Communities First.

During the evening a live link of the kitchen was broadcast to allow guests to see the students hard at work and their food being prepared.

 

Ms Atkins, mother to one of the pupils Jac, said: “The course is a great opportunity for students to learn about the hospitality industry and Jac has enjoyed every minute of it.

“The experience has encouraged him to look into working in a professional kitchen and he has even showed off his new skills in our kitchen at home.”

Develop relevant skills

Linda Smith, First Campus co-ordinator at Cardiff Met, said: “First Campus provides young people with the opportunity to have first-hand industry experience.

“Our programmes explore relevant progression pathways and routes into further and higher education, and enable young people to develop the relevant skills and knowledge needed to build careers within their chosen fields.

“The hospitality dinner is a great way for the students to turn what they have learnt into a reality and gain a wider perspective of the practical side of the industry. The night was fantastic and we couldn’t be more proud of the students involved.”