New students enjoy their first week…
Last week we welcomed our new group of students to college – this group will potentially go on to the Fifteen Cornwall Programme for Cohort 8. How quickly time flies!
Prior to being selected onto the Fifteen Cornwall Programme we interview around 100 young people, and then select around 30 to go to Cornwall College to complete their VRQ level 1. All of these young people are either not in education, employment or training and are some of the most hard to reach young people across our county in need of a second chance. This qualification is a massive step for many of them hoping to either progress through to the restaurant or giving them the confidence and qualification they need to secure employment.
Last week we started 25 young people on their VRQ level 1 in professional cookery at Cornwall College – and what a great week it was! The guys and girls are already getting stuck right in – we caught up with Jordan, 17 from Marazion, to find out what was on the menu:
“…..we’ve learnt so many new skills already; this week we have already learnt how to cook cream of vegetable soup, lentil soup, lasagne and garlic bread!”
Our guys are already learning a range of skills and tasting new things – this is what it’s all about! As well as starting their VRQ level 1, they also had a chance to ‘meet the team’ from Fifteen Cornwall and learn more about the relationship between the restaurant and the charity.
This week was also the first weekly session the guys had with Matt our Welfare Manager- Matt deals with any other issues the students may have outside the kitchen. This first session was purely an induction day which gave an overview of the programme and what to expect.
These sessions focus on concepts such as positive mental attitude, realising your true potential and making positive change. In the first session Matt introduced the students to the ‘The Jar’, filling the jar with golf balls, pebbles, sand and water- much to everyone’s confusion! But later explained it was a metaphor for life – using all of these items representing different aspects of our lives.
We asked one of the students, Miriam, 23 from St Kew Highway, how she felt about getting through the interviews:
“This has given me a second chance, it’s a massive passion of mine, and I’m over the moon!”
We also asked Matt, 22, from Newquay what he was most looking forward to about the course:
“I’m really looking forward to learning more about catering and making new friends. I hope that this will lead me onto a new pathway and that I can pursue into the restaurant.”
Overall the first week was a great success, and we have already had some brilliant feedback from all of the students. We asked some of them where they would hope to be in 5 years time, Miriam said:
“In 5 years time I would like to own my own restaurant, this will be a massive stepping stone to achieving that dream.”
If we can inspire and empower all of our students in achieving their dreams then we have done our job – mission accomplished! A great start to the course, we can already see the potential in all of these guys and girls.
Keep your eyes peeled for more foundation news on the blog.
Cornwall Foundation of Promise team x