Graduation ceremony is icing on the cake for cafe trainees

13 July 2015

Proud parents joined the Worshipful Mayor of Barnet Mark Shooter, and Norwood staff for the Norwood Cafe Training Programme graduation ceremony on Thursday 9 July at the Kennedy Leigh Family Centre. After the Mayor presented the six graduates with their certificates, graduates and their guests stayed to celebrate with cakes and refreshments in the newly refurbished Kennedys Cafe.

Norwood's Cafe Training Programme runs for eighteen months, and aims to equip adults with learning disabilities with the skills they need to find paid employment in the food and hospitality industry. During the course trainees gain valuable food preparation, money handling and customer service skills, as well as plenty of on-the-job experience in the bustling Kennedy Leigh Centre cafe.

Daniella Phillips, who was among the graduates, said: "I was very happy and proud to get my certificate."

Norwood's Chief Executive, Elaine Kerr said: "Events like this really are the best part of my job. The graduates should be extremely proud of their achievements, and it was a pleasure to celebrate with them. Thanks too must also go to the dedicated teaching staff, and to the Mayor for presenting the certificates."

Mayor of Barnet Councillor Mark Shooter said: "It was fabulous to see the good work Norwood are doing. Everyone was so proud to have won their awards. It’s a very special place. I’m really looking forward to coming back here and visiting again."

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