Working with Schools
How we work with special needs schools and their young people.
Jennie is currently working at two special needs schools in Berkshire. The day starts at 10am where one student will come out and help with the setting up of the van initially which involves following a set of instructions. We then learn about safety when working in the van which includes what to do in the event of a fire or accident. Following that we start learning about the coffee equipment and the different coffees.
Students will then gradually begin working on ASDAN Lifeskills modules selected to suit their learning abilities, personal and work experience goals.
Modules that students are currently working on include:
Customer service in a cafe
Dealing with a fire
Hygiene in the kitchen
Cleaning the kitchen in a cafe
Taking payment from a customer
Health & safety in the workplace
Using a stock system
General Barista Skills
Opening a coffee van for service each day
It is also possible for more able students to do an online Food Hygiene course at home or in school time. This is a City & Guilds accredited programme and is recognised across the food industry.
Jennie usually works with 3 students for a minimum of an hour each until 2pm. There is an emphasis on building a rapport with the student and putting them at ease whilst gradually increasing their confidence.
There may also be opportunities for some students to work on the van at community events when they feel ready.
Jennie intends to collaborate with other cafes and training providers so that the students can carry on receiving work experience when they are ready to move on from here.
If you have any questions or would like to discuss how we can work with your students, please get in touch!
People with a learning disability tend to take longer to learn and may need support to develop new skills, understand complicated information and interact with other people - Mencap
“I just love doing work experience in the van, such a fun experience. I am so proud of myself."
Lucy, Work Experience Coordinator at Brookfields School
"Jennie offers our students an amazing opportunity to learn the skills to become a barista in a warm, friendly, welcoming environment."