Dean Kennett, Managing Director at Just Hospitality is sharing his thoughts on the realisation of his vision of making work experience kids from Highshore School job-ready.
Highshore School is a school for children with complex educational needs and provides them with the skills and opportunities needed to progress to employment. We have partnered with them for a work experience program for over two years now. We have had students working in our kitchens as well as one front of house at a client site.
One of the key reasons we love working with Highshore is their focus on preparing these kids with real life skills. We see firsthand how dedicated and hardworking the kids are – all they need is an opportunity and the right guidance. I am so proud to see them build up their confidence, travel independently and chat with the team around the lunch table.
Earlier this year, I was chatting with Josiah about his plans at end of school term. He has been with us one day a week doing work experience for the past two years and has progressed really well. He said he enjoyed being in the kitchen so much that he has decided to enroll in cooking school. With our current expansion plans we were looking out for some extra help in the kitchen as well and that’s when I decided to offer Josiah a paid part time role in the kitchen.
He started this morning and here he is, making us lunch on his first day. I couldn’t have been more proud. To see my vision for this association with Highshore turning into reality is simply incredible.
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