Coffee and cake for Birtenshaw

January is an exciting time for Birtenshaw – as it prepares to open its first community cafe tomorrow.

The cafe will give Birtenshaw College students valuable work experience in a range of areas including literacy, numeracy, science, food technology and customer service skills.

During its trial period, students have been making drinks, tray bakes and cakes – with a little help from staff.Birtenshaw cafe Jessica Allen and Lovewell Msimanga (1)

Birtenshaw College will be able to link the real work experience in the café for students to their qualifications.

Birtenshaw Café will open with a coffee morning (it’s even got one of those fancy coffee machine things!) to mark the relaunch of the Friends of Birtenshaw group on Thursday 28 January at 11 am until 12.30.

Why not join students and staff for elevenses?

Stuart Stokes, Birtenshaw Business Development Manager, said: “Birtenshaw received a startup grant from Bolton Council combined with part of a larger grant for the college from the Wolfson Foundation, although in the longer term it will become a self-sustaining business.”

Ewa Diezek, Education Lead at Birtenshaw College said: “The cafe offers a realistic working environment where students can gain valuable experience in a real workplace which will to prepare them for future work opportunities. All students will have the opportunity to work in the café and will undertake jobs best suited to their various ability levels. This might include preparing drinks and snacks, serving on the counter, designing menus or other back room functions such as stocktaking and ordering ingredients and so on.”

Once the cafe is fully operational it will sell lunches such as sandwiches, salads and snacks, as well as cakes, biscuits and hot drinks and be open to the local community and available for other schools to use.


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