A taste of the real world
In the South
Southland Boys' High School students will have a taste of the real world this week.
The year 12 catering class from the school are starting their own cafe for the next two months to gain some industry experience.
Their teacher Scott Richardson said the cafe was a chance for the boys to put all of their skills together and to see what the industry would have install for them in the future.
Not only did they learn the skills required for the dishes, but customer service skills, how to make drinks and also cooking techniques that would come in handy later in life
''We know that young guys will often stand there and grunt and not talk, this means those young guys will have to stand in front of their tables and talk to four or five people.''
For some of the boys it gave them an edge to pursue a career in the hospitality industry, where as others would go on to use the skills when they go flatting.
''These things will transfer to if they have a young lady they feel they want to impress with a meal.''
The cafe had such a following that for four of the eight weeks it would be running it was already booked out.
The Thursday lunchtime cafe could sit about 40 people, but bookings were essential, he said.
If you would like to book a table you can call Southland Boys High School.
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