Wokingham Borough Council is running a pilot project to re-open its staff restaurant as a work experience and training facility for vulnerable and disadvantaged young people (including those children with additional needs and young people who have been in care).
Six Addington School students, currently studying for the City and Guilds hospitality qualification, opened the doors today to the new Shuters café situated in the basement of Wokingham Borough Council’s Shute End offices, and on certain dates each week will be serving up some tasty home-baked treats and hot drinks.
Great British Bake Off quarter-finalist, Sunninghill’s Martha Collison was on hand to officially cut the ribbon and declare the café open. She said later: “It’s lovely to be here and participate. The cakes are delicious!”
For the past couple of months, the students have been busy behind the scenes setting up the business including market research, developing their menus and interviewing young people to work in the café, and the skills and knowledge they attain in running the café will compliment essential class-based skills and learning.
Bake Off star Martha does the deed and cuts the ribbon
to officially open Shuters Café.
Pictures: Lynda Bowyer