ACE: Enterprise Kitchen

ACE: Enterprise Kitchen

South Quay College launched their Active Citizenship & Enterprise Programme, with a student-led pop up restaurant, which was a huge success.

On the evening of the June 15 2017, South Quay College hosted its first Active Citizenship & Enterprise (ACE) event, a student-led pop up restaurant.

Repositioning itself as an enterprise specialist, South Quay College was originally established in Tower Hamlets, first as a charity, then as a 14-19 Alternative Provision. While the model may have evolved, the vision remains the same: to equip students from diverse backgrounds with the skills to thrive in today’s competitive economic market.

This first project was a social enterprise challenge: to plan and host a pop-up restaurant, serving a bespoke menu designed in partnership with Michelin star TV chef Mark Lloyd. Social outcomes included networking opportunities for South Quay College students and £120 in donations raised for South Quay College’s charity of the year, Whizz-kidz, which will go towards creating work placements for disabled young people.

By the end of the evening, students were deep in conversation with guests such as Team GB athlete Perri Shakes-Drayton, community campaigner Barbara Lindsay MBE and People’s Lawyer David Neita, who all enthusiastically shared their advice and success stories and praised the students’ performance:

Shakes-Drayton spoke of her excitement at the event, saying: “I felt like I was at an upscale restaurant, the food not only looked great, it tasted amazing and it was healthy”.

From September, all students will participate in Active Citizenship & Enterprise (ACE), an innovative, co-curricular programme inspired by the CBI Framework for Employability Skills.

Please read the full article on THE VOICE by following the link http://www.voice-online.co.uk/article/city-gateway-college-launches-enterprise-programme

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