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Amber Taverns apprentices help local community in national apprenticeship challenge

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Amber Taverns apprentices help local community in national apprenticeship challenge

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Amber Taverns apprentices help local community in national apprenticeship challenge

 

Apprentice’s from Amber Tavern’s pubs across the North East have been putting their training into practice and supporting their local community as part of the Brathay Apprentice Challenge.

Supported by the National Apprenticeship Service, the Brathay Apprentice Challenge invites teams to take part in a series of interactive work-related tasks to develop new skills and showcase their employer by engaging with young people and businesses to promote the benefits of apprenticeships.

This year, nine apprentices from Amber Tavern’s planned an event to support the South Tyneside’s Kids And Young Adults Klub - special needs support group (KAYAKS), aimed at introducing those with learning difficulties to the world of work, while giving them confidence in their abilities.

The event was held at Amber Tavern’s Pig Iron pub in Middlesbrough and saw the apprentices use their skills to train the KAYAKS attendees in hospitality. Four work stations were set up, teaching them how to make mocktails, prepare buffet food and cake decorate, set up AV equipment and DJ, and the best use of IT skills to create records of achievement.

After the training period, which ran from 12-3pm, family and friends of the KAYAKS members were invited to enjoy a relaxed afternoon where they could see the new-found talents of their loved ones in action, as they played music and served food and drinks in a party environment.

The Amber Tavern’s apprentices are all undertaking specialist hospitality and catering apprenticeships with HIT Training.

Lyndsey Urwin, Business Consultant at HIT Training, said: “The event was a great success! The Brathay Challenge really fits with our positive vision of what apprenticeships can do to improve an individual’s skills and therefore their life chances. The event was an opportunity for the team to pass on what they’ve learnt while benefiting the local community - they should be very proud of everything they’ve achieved.”

 

The overall feedback from the judges was as follows:

Well done for creating such a valuable learning experience for this group of young people. You offered them the chance to learn lots of different skills whilst being part of a fun social event. It was great to hear you felt you pushed yourselves out of your comfort zone to learn. A positive transferrable skill to work so have a go.

Most of all I admire and respect your motivation to give so much of yourselves to the KAYAKS. I felt you were all emotionally driven to do a good job and those present felt this drive and really appreciated it. You gave them the opportunity to step out of their comfort zones, embrace new challenges like yourselves and build their confidence and skill set. Great to work with the 15 – 27 age group who often don’t get many different opportunities.

Good effort! So you should be very proud.



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