PetesPlace - School of Catering and Hospitality

Hospitality Skill-Sets to unskilled youth

Project Report

Name of The Project:   School of Catering and Hotel Management

Motto:                            Where Education is for Living and for Making a Living.

Project Promoter:         M.G.Peters

Description (Aims and Objectives):

To promote and operate a self sustaining institute providing short-term, Job-Oriented courses in Catering and Hospitality Management, skill-sets to be employed in Hospitality Industry. 

The courses have been designed for school drop-outs, underprivileged and BPL (Below the poverty line) children of the local Community (Parishes) first, and others as a secondary option, as the project begins to build in strength.  

The Primary objective is to train and equip students with skill sets to become employable, self-sufficient persons who have a sense of dignity and self-worth. All students who successfully complete the course will be placed in gainful employment, in keeping with their area/s of specialization.

(We may also consider a Home-care Giver’s course at a later date for domestic help who will be trained to provide comprehensive care, including Geriatric / Palliative care to fulfill the present day requirements.)

I had the privilege of operating this project from Oct 2014 to July 2015, after which I had to close down operations as we had no funds to continue and the person who supported us was transferred. I would like to share some of the most wonderful, rewarding and fulfilling experience/s of my life in/with The School of Catering and Hospitality with you. 

It happened just by chance on a Sunday evening when we met up, a friend of mine and a priest. Our conversation moved around the underprivileged youth of the parish, and the proposal to set up an institute to impart 'life-skills' was born. The priest (a Director of one of the church organisations) offered us the space and infrastructure to start/set up our project, which we accepted, and The School of Catering and Hospitality was born.

The first batch was of five students - all underprivileged, Drop-outs commenced in October of 2014. The most endearing part of the project was that we had one student who was HIV+, another had a hole in the heart, a third was the son of a housemaid. The other two, a boy and a girl made up the batch of five. 

They were a studious lot and by the end of December, when on a site visit to the Minerva Grand Hotel, the entire batch (all five) were asked to join, each in their respective areas of specialization. Four signed up and the fifth joined his father's canteen business.

The second batch was doubled to ten and completed the course in Mar. 2015. This time too all were placed with gainful employment in star hotels. 

The third batch was sixteen. By this time I we had some rudimentary Audio/Visual equipment that made classes more animated. This batch too had one hundred percent placement with some opting for other service oriented jobs. 

The jewels in the crown were the four outstanding students who were selected by The Park Hyatt.

I am confident, that with your assistance, this project will be restarted soon to give the children of tomorrow a better chance at life.  

I hope you enjoyed this short testimony of mine as much as I enjoyed reliving it in these pages. Please join hands with us, together we can make a difference and make this happen. 

Your donation means so much more than giving a helping hand, you are helping our students to change their future...we cannot do this without you, so help us now. 

It pays to invest in tomorrows leaders - today!

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This article was published on 20.10.2015 by Mercutio Peters
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