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Thomas at Nostell Cafe

Thomas Raddings, a student from the College’s Get Supported Employment training (SET) programme, has gained paid employment at Nostell café after his supported work placement with them.

The Get SET programme is a course at Wakefield College that was set up 4 years ago to help students who need support at College to gain paid employment after they leave College. The main requirement of the programme is that the students attend a work placement with the support of a Job Coach. The Job Coach’s role is to the support the student to learn their job role and tasks, as well as their travel to placements, with the aim of gradually reducing this support until the student attends their placement independently.

The Get SET team approached Heidi Wharton- Baum, Commercial Manager at Nostell, about the potential of a work placement. Heidi was very open to this and was happy to work with College to provide Thomas a supported work placement. Heidi had a flexible and understanding approach, initially it was agreed that Thomas would be responsible for clearing tables and then potentially move onto other tasks.

Thomas who has now started his employment at Nostell Café said, “The team are really friendly and helpful and I have done things I’ve never done before like make a cappuccino and serve fresh ice cream. I like meeting the customers and I really enjoy working there.

With the support of his Job Coach, Elaine Marchant-Sidwell, and the inclusive support network at Nostell Café, especially his mentor Nicola, Thomas progressed quickly and was soon carrying out a number of different tasks correctly and efficiently. Thomas was serving teas, coffees and cakes to customers, using the till, operating the pot wash machine, taking pots out to the café area, and taking out food orders to customers, which is his favourite part of the job. Thomas also had a positive impact on the customers visiting the café. Many customers have come back to the café just to see him and a customer even brought him cake for his excellent customer service!

Niari White from the Get SET team said: “We are all proud to see that Thomas has been offered a paid position at the café for when he finishes at College. We are all very happy for him, as he has worked hard, not only this year, throughout his time at Wakefield College. Nostell have been supportive throughout Thomas’ work placement and ensured that they were going at his pace throughout. They invited him to staff training events and helped him to achieve his health and hygiene certificate. The staff at Nostell have been exceptional in the way they have supported Thomas with small adaptations to job roles and the supportive nature of the team. They are a fantastic role model to other employers across the Wakefield district.”



CONTACT: For more information email info@wakefield.ac.uk, or telephone 01924 789789.
DATE: 6 September, 2018

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