First Campus recently hosted a special presentation dinner for students across the city to celebrate the successful completion of Hospitality Project 2016.
15 Pupils from Michaelston Community College in Ely, and Willows High School in Tremorfa, have been taking part in a 6-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 who were responsible for preparing, cooking and presenting the meals, and the front of house team who were responsible for setting up the restaurant and serving guests, which included family and friends, teachers, and members of Welsh Government, and Communities First.
The event was an impressive affair with a welcome speech to honour the students and a presentation of certificates by First Campus manager, Kathryn Maddy. A live link of the kitchen was also broadcasted to allow guests to see the students hard at work and their food being prepared.
Speaking about the course, Ms Atkins, who is mother to one of the pupils, 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!"
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 enables 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."
First Campus has been in operation since 2002 and is a partnership between education institutions that help raise aspirations amongst students in South East Wales. The programme runs a number of activities that raise awareness of progression routes into Higher Education.
Student can develop their hospitality skills further by attending First Campus Residential and Summer Schools, which include hospitality sessions that build on the skills learnt in this project.
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