Trade School Kitchen recently celebrated their very first barista graduate from the YOUth INSPIRE Licence to Work programme which involves completion of 100 hours of work experience.
Supported by Hutt City Council, Trade School Kitchen offer training opportunities to those in the community who face barriers to entering the workforce – this gives participants valuable work experience in hospitality and enables them to develop their barista skills.
Part of Trade School Kitchen’s kaupapa is also to provide a supportive work environment to ex-prisoners, in partnership with Arohata Prison and Corrections.
Hannah Vollebregt from Trade School Kitchen says, “It was great to see the young person we hosted grow in confidence and skill, and make a really great contribution to our team – a win-win for everyone involved. The team are excited at the prospect of continuing to provide this opportunity for our local rangatahi.”
Nervous about going to Trade School Kitchen at first, the graduate of the programme took a step out of their comfort zone and gave it a go. “The first day was a bit intimidating and I kept asking questions and waited to be told what to do. But, my manger, Kirk, was patient and a good tutor, checking in with me to make sure I understood what I was supposed to be doing.”
“I know how to get the milk right for the different coffees now and I love making the coffees with the shots.”
Trade School Kitchen have partnered with YOUth INSPIRE, with the help of Hutt City Council, to include barista training for three clients on the YOUth INSPIRE Licence to Work programme. Two NZQA Unit Standards and the skills to work as a barista can be achieved on the programme.