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A Crafty Success
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A Crafty Success for Community Cafe at Paul Sartori
Pembrokeshire College’s Community Café at Paul Sartori in Haverfordwest opened its door just under a year ago and is going from strength to strength. This training enterprise was created to support Steps to Employment learners, aimed at helping young people to gain skills and experience in the customer service and hospitality industry. Pembrokeshire College’s Head of Workforce Skills Wendy Weber said: “This collaborative operation has been a huge success and is providing a real focus for the youngsters relationship with SET Stationeries offering craft workshops in Haverfordwest. “This is a perfect brand helping them gain employment in the industry.”
The project’s students are having a real learning experience, getting involved in collaborations with local businesses. Students, along with Project Coordinators Debby Kimsey and Alex Findlay have developed a valuable business match with SET who understand the local market and the increasing demand for art and craft classes, along with the Community Café which offers a great venue. Furthermore, it provides our students with further customer service training opportunities and to network with possible employers.”
Meryl Jenkins from SET has commented that “Our craft classes are working well with Sartori’s Community Café; we are increasingly putting on more to meet demand, often running several per month. We also arrange demonstrations, which you can find out about on our Facebook page.”
The students have also been trained to use an innovative online platform developed in Pembrokeshire called VocalEyes. This exciting project enables Paul Sartori members to have a say and contribute to the work of the Foundation. Volunteers will be able to pop into the café and use the system under the guidance of the students to put forward new ideas to help the charity continue its fantastic work.