Students get a taste for catering

Max Mason

Max Mason

First published in News

A RESTAURATEUR who is relaunching his business in Oxford has teamed up with Students to give them a taste of the catering trade.

Max Mason, owner of the Big Bang which is due to open in the Oxford Castle complex by the end of the month, has teamed up with Oxford and Cherwell Valley College (OCVC) to offer students hands-on experience of working in a busy restaurant. It is a non-paid work experience scheme.

Up to five hospitality and catering students, aged 16 to 20, will work front of house at the restaurant, with a further two employed in the kitchen.

A new intake of students will be taken on each academic year. Among the first students to sign up are Kieran Burden and Tony Idiculla. The pair, both 20, are doing NVQ Level 3 in hospitality, supervision and leadership.

Mr Burden, from Witney, said: “This will be really good experience. It means we can put our training into practice and gain a real understanding of what it will be like when we have finished our course and start to work in these types of establishments.

“It is difficult to get any sort of job at the moment so you need something that helps you to stand out from the crowd.”

Mr Idiculla, from Headington, added: “We currently work in the college restaurant but I expect working at the Big Bang will give us experience of working at a faster pace in a busy restaurant environment. It will be good to put what we learn into action.”

Mr Mason said: “This benefits each of us hugely. We can also educate students about not only making and serving food, but how an independent restaurant can ensure sustainability is the top priority.”

Sally Dicketts, principal of OCVC, said: “As a vocational training provider we are committed to helping our students develop the skills they need to secure good employment.

“There is no substitute for working in a real business environment and we are looking forward to seeing students flourish through this venture.”

Meanwhile, OCVC is inviting employers to a special seminar designed to link the world of work more closely with further education.

Making our Students More Employable is a free event by the college’s Community Interest Company, SweetFE, which has been set up to encourage students to turn business ideas into commercial ventures.

The seminar takes place on October 11 at the college in Oxpens Road, Oxford, at 6pm.

To book, see www.sweetfe.co.uk/  upcoming-events OCVC has been shortlisted for an award recognising how it helps students develop entrepreneurial skills.

The college will find out if it has been successful in The Times Educational Supplement FE Awards at a ceremony in November. It recently launched a new curriculum model built around a six-week programme to helping students experience real-life business activities.

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4:17pm Thu 20 Sep 12

chavster says...

Free advertising and free staff - the guy's not daft!
Free advertising and free staff - the guy's not daft! chavster
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9:52pm Thu 20 Sep 12

seamusl says...

Maybe the owner should learn to cook a sausage before he (re) opens, looks like a dodgy bar b q advert
Maybe the owner should learn to cook a sausage before he (re) opens, looks like a dodgy bar b q advert seamusl
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11:22pm Thu 20 Sep 12

Myron Blatz says...

Pal of mine's grand-daughter has just completed two lots of longer 'work experience' sessions with a well-known London advertising agency and PR company. The Parents funded the daily rail-commute from Brighton, didn't charge her rent of course. The girl was apparently encouraged by her local job centre, and her Parents thought this was 'getting good experience' and might lead to being offered a full-time, fully-paid job.Under various governments over the past decades, similar 'scams' have been not only encouraged, but also funded to try and keep young people and the unemployed off the official statistics - even if only for a couple of months.. It's the sort of thing which Trade Unions should be trying to stop - especially for young people who are about to, or have just left school - instead of trying to get those who already have jobs and proper pay, even more more and better pension rights. Sadly, this sort of 'cheap labour' is openly supported by the Tories led by 'Cavalier Cameron' - and didn't fair much better (despite what compulsive Labour supporters in Oxford might think) from 13 years of previous Labour administration, under that self-proclaimed 'Thatcherite disciple' Tory Blair. Instead, why not encourage old style apprenticeships? These at least offered lower rates of pay until fully qualified in a chosen trade or profession, much better than NVQs, and not 'free slave labour' which has once again become common as a way of cutting labour costs, whilst maximising profits - despite EU regulation.
Pal of mine's grand-daughter has just completed two lots of longer 'work experience' sessions with a well-known London advertising agency and PR company. The Parents funded the daily rail-commute from Brighton, didn't charge her rent of course. The girl was apparently encouraged by her local job centre, and her Parents thought this was 'getting good experience' and might lead to being offered a full-time, fully-paid job.Under various governments over the past decades, similar 'scams' have been not only encouraged, but also funded to try and keep young people and the unemployed off the official statistics - even if only for a couple of months.. It's the sort of thing which Trade Unions should be trying to stop - especially for young people who are about to, or have just left school - instead of trying to get those who already have jobs and proper pay, even more more and better pension rights. Sadly, this sort of 'cheap labour' is openly supported by the Tories led by 'Cavalier Cameron' - and didn't fair much better (despite what compulsive Labour supporters in Oxford might think) from 13 years of previous Labour administration, under that self-proclaimed 'Thatcherite disciple' Tory Blair. Instead, why not encourage old style apprenticeships? These at least offered lower rates of pay until fully qualified in a chosen trade or profession, much better than NVQs, and not 'free slave labour' which has once again become common as a way of cutting labour costs, whilst maximising profits - despite EU regulation. Myron Blatz
  • Score: -7

4:38pm Fri 21 Sep 12

ger elttil OX2 0EJ says...

Myron Blatz wrote:
Pal of mine's grand-daughter has just completed two lots of longer 'work experience' sessions with a well-known London advertising agency and PR company. The Parents funded the daily rail-commute from Brighton, didn't charge her rent of course. The girl was apparently encouraged by her local job centre, and her Parents thought this was 'getting good experience' and might lead to being offered a full-time, fully-paid job.Under various governments over the past decades, similar 'scams' have been not only encouraged, but also funded to try and keep young people and the unemployed off the official statistics - even if only for a couple of months.. It's the sort of thing which Trade Unions should be trying to stop - especially for young people who are about to, or have just left school - instead of trying to get those who already have jobs and proper pay, even more more and better pension rights. Sadly, this sort of 'cheap labour' is openly supported by the Tories led by 'Cavalier Cameron' - and didn't fair much better (despite what compulsive Labour supporters in Oxford might think) from 13 years of previous Labour administration, under that self-proclaimed 'Thatcherite disciple' Tory Blair. Instead, why not encourage old style apprenticeships? These at least offered lower rates of pay until fully qualified in a chosen trade or profession, much better than NVQs, and not 'free slave labour' which has once again become common as a way of cutting labour costs, whilst maximising profits - despite EU regulation.
100% correct Myron. Now what you need to do is write a letter (link at the top of the page) explaining the situation and asking how the OM can champion this use of slave labour, and give the person free advertising at the same time. I wonder if it will be published.
[quote][p][bold]Myron Blatz[/bold] wrote: Pal of mine's grand-daughter has just completed two lots of longer 'work experience' sessions with a well-known London advertising agency and PR company. The Parents funded the daily rail-commute from Brighton, didn't charge her rent of course. The girl was apparently encouraged by her local job centre, and her Parents thought this was 'getting good experience' and might lead to being offered a full-time, fully-paid job.Under various governments over the past decades, similar 'scams' have been not only encouraged, but also funded to try and keep young people and the unemployed off the official statistics - even if only for a couple of months.. It's the sort of thing which Trade Unions should be trying to stop - especially for young people who are about to, or have just left school - instead of trying to get those who already have jobs and proper pay, even more more and better pension rights. Sadly, this sort of 'cheap labour' is openly supported by the Tories led by 'Cavalier Cameron' - and didn't fair much better (despite what compulsive Labour supporters in Oxford might think) from 13 years of previous Labour administration, under that self-proclaimed 'Thatcherite disciple' Tory Blair. Instead, why not encourage old style apprenticeships? These at least offered lower rates of pay until fully qualified in a chosen trade or profession, much better than NVQs, and not 'free slave labour' which has once again become common as a way of cutting labour costs, whilst maximising profits - despite EU regulation.[/p][/quote]100% correct Myron. Now what you need to do is write a letter (link at the top of the page) explaining the situation and asking how the OM can champion this use of slave labour, and give the person free advertising at the same time. I wonder if it will be published. ger elttil OX2 0EJ
  • Score: -81

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