Endeavouring in the kitchen

25-04-2020 by admin

MASTERCHEFS: Endeavour clients Cameron Howard, Kaela Troy and Denver Danaher learnt independence boosting kitchen skills through TAFE. Picture: PERRY DUFFINClients ofa Maitland disability service have taken to the kitchen to learn skills and earn qualifications for life.
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Endeavour Group enlisted Hunter TAFE to design and run a 10 week course that taught all the skills needed to make healthy meals in the kitchen.

From ingredient preparation to food hygiene, the course was designed to give graduates a boost in confidence, independence and job-readiness.

And while it was smiles all ‘round at the graduation luncheon on Monday, Endeavour team leader Jane Strong said the time in the kitchen would have seriously positive impacts for her clients.

“Some people don’t get the opportunity to learn all the lifeskills,” she said.

“Not everyone gets to finish school and go on to study further.

“But most [of Endeavour’s clients] would like to move our on their own and this isa necessary step.

“This has been designed to enabled that.”

The course, tailor-made to the individual and varied needs of the group, awarded participants with a TAFE certificate that could be used to boost employment opportunities.

TAFE teacher Margaret Fletcher, who works through the Upper Hunter’s Outrech programs,saidshe was impressed by the student’s teamwork and positivity.

“We had fun and they worked as a team, which is very important in hospitality,” she said.

Among those eager to join the workforcewas Denver Danaher, who said he was aiming for a career in hospitality.

“I like learning about kitchens and healthy food,” he said.

Mr Denaher said the course opened his eyes to healthy eating options and gluten-free cuisine.

“When I started out I only had a few skills but todayI didn’t want it to end.”

Earlier this week a group from Endeavour’s Group Cessnock Linen Services earned a Certificate II in Laundry Operations.

On Facebook the Endeavour Group praised the group for actively raising their profile in the job market.

“Through our laundry, our employees have been able to build their work skills and undertake qualifications,” the post said.

“They are finding ways to not only achieve their own personal goals, but to also find ways to actively contribute back to the local community.”

On Sunday May 22 Endeavour Group will host a fundraising barbecue at Bunnings WarehouseMaitland from 12.30pm until 4.30pm.

The group is calling for volunteers to assist on the day.

Anyone interested should contact Janeon 4990 2600.

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