Students ‘Inspired to Work’ through Pop-up Coffee Shop Experience at The Lowry.

The Skills & Work Programme at The Lowry has been developing an exciting opportunity with a group of ten students from Melland High School. In conjunction with the school’s ‘Inspired to Work’ programme, the group worked towards opening their own ‘Pop-up Coffee Shop’ at the Salford venue over the past 6 weeks.

The enterprise styled programme was spread across six mornings of focused intervention which was a healthy balance between class room styled input and practical team work and learning.

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James Scanlon, age 16 from Melland High School, makes coffee with Mike Lee, Restaurant and Food Services Manager, at The Lowry.

Discussing, learning and implementing ideas from a range of subjects that focused on customer service, marketing, branding, and coffee-making, the students worked towards the end goal of opening a ‘Pop-up Coffee Shop’. The group were also introduced to the general principles of running a business, including health and safety and risk assessments.

The ‘Pop-up Coffee Shop’ was a huge success as the group confidently interacted with a consistent flow of customers. They delivered every order to a high standard both in terms of the drinks and cakes they served, right through to the courtesy of their customer service.

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Students from Melland High School get acquainted with The Restaurant at The Lowry.

Through the Skills & Work programme at The Lowry, the students learnt a whole range of skills necessary to achieve employment. They demonstrated high levels of interpersonal skills, team working, and each participant developed confidence and self-esteem in a workplace environment.

The Lowry’s Skills & Work Programme supports targeted young people to develop life skills and employability skills through a range of opportunities with a view to supporting them back into education or towards employment.

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