Pembrokeshire College has teamed up with local charity, Paul Sartori, to roll out an employment scheme aimed at helping young people to gain skills and experience in the customer service and hospitality industry.
Six young people, who are currently out of work, have signed up for the 12-week Steps to Employment work-based learning programme being run by the College.
Pembrokeshire College workforce skills director Wendy Weber said: “This is a really collaborative operation to provide a focus for the youngsters and boost their confidence, and from this go on to gain employment in the industry.
“It’s a simple activity, but it’s so important to these people. They will be involved in every aspect of customer service and housekeeping.
“It’s exciting because it’s a full-time training facility, which is a realistic environment without being too formal.”
The students will be working towards their customer service qualification and go on to find jobs in local businesses.
Café scheme student Steph Dewick, aged 17, said: “It’s really exciting and will hopefully open up opportunities for future employment or training in the catering and hospitality industry.”
The 12-week scheme will operate throughout the year, with proceeds from the café going to the Paul Sartori Foundation.
Paul Sartori volunteer supervisor Gill Jones added: “Hopefully the youngsters will go on to secure employment as a result of this. The project is a fantastic opportunity for them to develop their skills and build their self esteem.”
The Paul Sartori Café, in Bridge Street, Haverfordwest, is open from 10am-2pm from Monday to Friday.