A NEWTOWNABBEY teenager was among 16 unemployed young people who took their first steps to a new career when they graduated from The Prince’s Trust’s ‘Get Into Cooking’ programme at Belfast Metropolitan College on Wednesday, February 23.
The programme has been specifically tailored to give unemployed 16-to-25-year-olds the confidence, skills and training to find a job in the catering sector. During the course, participants achieve qualifications in basic first aid, food hygiene, health and safety at work and NOCN Level 2 in food preparation.
They also completed a seven day work placement with employers like The Merchant Hotel, Deane’s, Jeffers By The Marina, Bangor; Dobbins Inn Hotel, Carrickfergus; The Barking Dog, Cayenne, Nick’s Warehouse, the Seagoe Hotel and Ballygally Castle Hotel.
A number of the young people had already secured offers of work before even graduating from the programme which also helped them develop their teamwork, communication and interview skills.
Nathan Smyth, aged 19, from Newtownabbey is one of the graduates who has just completed training.