A group of Skills for Working Life students from Brooksby Melton College hosted a successful grand opening of their new Learning Café this week, welcoming a group of sixth form students from Birch Wood School to enjoy their first service.
The Learning Café, which is based at BMC’s Rural Catering Centre in Melton Mowbray, will be open to the general public every Monday during term time from 10:30am – 12pm, serving a selection of drinks and cakes.
At the grand opening, BMC students served the students from Birch Wood School. The students took orders, conveyed the orders to the kitchen, served the food and drink, and cleared away empty plates.
The students who are running the weekly Learning Cafe all study Skills for Working Life qualifications at BMC, which aim to equip students with a range of essential life skills such as literacy, numeracy, cooking, health and safety, and getting ready for work. Running the Learning Café enables students to develop their work skills and gain valuable experience of working in a customer-facing café environment.
Sophie Garfoot, BMC student and Special Olympics Gold Medallist in Basketball, said ‘I chose to come to BMC because my old college was closing and I wanted to carry on learning, so I decided to look for a new college. I decided on BMC because the staff were really friendly and treated me like an adult. My favourite parts of the course so far have been cooking at the Melton Campus and working with small animals at the Brooksby Campus. Today I have really enjoyed meeting the students from Birch Wood and serving them their drinks and cakes.’
Paul Croxford, Birch Wood School Sixth Form Teacher, commented ‘We are delighted to have been invited to come along for the opening of BMC’s Learning Café. It is especially exciting for us to have seen previous Birch Wood student Megan Burrows working so well in the café today here at BMC. We love to see our students transitioning from school to college, and today was a great chance for our sixth form students to see what they will have a chance to do if they chose to attend BMC in the future. It is really great to continue to develop the fantastic relationship between Birch Wood School and Brooksby Melton College.’
BMC’s Skills for Working Life students will be running their Learning Café every Monday morning from 10:30am – 12pm during College term time. Members of the general public are invited to come along to the café, which is based at the Rural Catering Centre at BMC’s Melton Campus, for a drink and a cake for just £2.