Restau­rant for Week

Jamaica Gleaner - - FOOD -

YOUTH UP­LIFT­MENT through Em­ploy­ment (YUTE) is more than dou­bling the num­ber of young food-ser­vice grad­u­ates groomed for in­tern­ship place­ments in The Gleaner-spon­sored Restau­rant Week Novem­ber 11-19, 2016.

Fifty trained YUTE pro­tégés and HEART Trust NTA grad­u­ates have been re­cruited into the an­nual Restau­rant Week Job Readi­ness Pro­gramme fa­cil­i­tated by these two part­ner or­gan­i­sa­tions. This com­pared to 20 pre­pared for last year, 18 of whom ob­tained place­ments with par­tic­i­pat­ing restau­rants dur­ing the week­long food fes­ti­val.

Now in its sixth year of part­ner­ship with Restau­rant Week, the Job Readi­ness Pro­gramme has been ex­panded from one to two full days of re­fresher cour­ses in prac­ti­cal tasks, vi­tal soft skills such as at­ti­tudes, de­port­ment and work­place pro­to­col, plus in­ter­view tech­niques.

YUTE’s new­est part­ner, C&C South Beach Café, hosted this two-day train­ing course at its Bromp­ton Road, Kingston venue, on Oc­to­ber 25 and 26.

Stephanie Scott, man­ag­ing di­rec­tor of SSCO Events Man­age­ment and con­cep­tu­aliser of Restau­rant Week in Ja­maica, ex­plained to the young re­cruits just how im­por­tant their in­put would be, es­pe­cially in light of the sig­nif­i­cant ex­pan­sion of the event. She noted that Restau­rant Week, launched in 2004 with 22 par­tic­i­pat­ing restau­rants in Kingston, One of the par­tic­i­pants in the this two- In prepa­ra­tion for The Gleaner-spon­sored Restau­rant Week, Paula Sur­tees of day train­ing course of YUTE pro­tégés Devon House Café (left) con­ducted in­ter­views with some of the par­tic­i­pants. and HEART Trust NTA grad­u­ates. now boasts 80 restau­rants in seven cities, with the 2016 ad­di­tion of Man­dev­ille, Al­li­ga­tor Pond, Trea­sure Beach and Blue­fields, and a new cat­e­gory in which nine cater­ers will of­fer an Eat In op­tion.

Scott high­lighted that the pop­u­lar event is pa­tro­n­ised by some 40,000 per­sons per year and that the in­ten­sive work it de­mands of­fered an im­por­tant op­por­tu­nity to the YUTE and HEART pro­tégés.

Of­fer­ing some ad­vice to the trainees dur­ing the work­shop, she noted, “You are re­spon­si­ble for your own progress. When you go out there you need to shine, to dis­tin­guish your­self. This may be your pass­port to a new job, a new ca­reer!”

YUTE Ex­ec­u­tive Di­rec­tor Alicia Glas­gow Gen­tles note that her team would be mak­ing ev­ery ef­fort to place all 50 of the re­cruits in jobs with par­tic­i­pat­ing restau­rants dur­ing Restau­rant Week 2016. Glas­gow Gen­tles stressed, “Only you can con­vert these place­ments into jobs!”

Key pre­sen­ta­tions dur­ing the two-day Job Readi­ness Pro­gramme in­cluded Pro­vid­ing Food and Bev­er­age Ser­vice; Work­place Ethics and Val­ues; Dress and De­port­ment, In­ter­view Tech­niques; Emo­tional In­tel­li­gence and Healthy Work­place Re­la­tion­ships; Man­ag­ing Di­ver­sity at the Work­place, and an ex­ten­sive ses­sion of mock in­ter­views by ac­tual em­ploy­ers.

CON­TRIB­UTED PHO­TOS

Alicia Glas­gow Gen­tles, ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor of Youth Up­lift­ment through Em­ploy­ment (YUTE), stresses the im­por­tance of non-tech­ni­cal life skills, as YUTE and HEART Trust NTA groom 50 of their grad­u­ates in prepa­ra­tion for Restau­rant Week 2016.

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