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2019 - AGF Assists South Devon College to ensure students are able to attend the Erasmus Programme in Cannes, France.
AGF also helps co-fund City College Plymouth to stage a "Hospitality Takeover Day" aimed at encouraging Secondary School Leavers into the Hospitality Industry.
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Hospitality "Takeover" Day City College, Plymouth 2019, part funded by AGF.
A day setup by the college to allow them to provide exceptional enrichment activities for the pupils and encouraged several local schools in the Devonport area to engage. These included Plymstock, Devonport High School for Boys, St Boniface, Eggbuckland Community College, Mount Tamer, and a cohort of City College students as well.
The AGF part funded the day along with other organisations and it helped the college to engage local schools that they have historically had problems engaging. This marks a major step forward for them and also allowed young people to experience hospitlaity as a career and course choice.
South Devon College Enrichment trip to London June 2018, part funded by AGF.
Learners spent the afternoon soaking up the multi-cultural atmosphere in Camden Market. All learners tried a selection of ethnic dishes on offer and thoroughly enjoyed the whole experience including shopping for a range of bargain clothes and souvenirs.
Andy went on this trip during his level 1 course!
On the Monday they had a visit to Whitehall, the Ministry of Defence Head-Quarters opposite Downing Street. Students had a tour of the catering facilities which cater for some 3500 personnel. They were give a career talk by Mark Richardson the executive chef on his past career and present position with the learners being offered work experience for next year. Students & staff also visited The Shard where they had a tour and a drink to take in the views of central London. Students also visited The Grosvenor House, The Savoy and Le Gavroche. Their evening meal was at the iconic Hard Rock Café. Students also saw the Changing of the Guard which for some, was the first time they had ever seen this!
AGF assisted with the funding for accommodation, transport whilst in London, and helped some learners go, as they could not afford the fees to go on the trip.
Enrichment event at Deer Park, Honiton, on Monday 19th February 2018
As part of the Food and Beverage Diploma Level 2 and Level 3 Food and Beverage diploma Level 3 programme, the hospitality learners took part in food and beverage exhibition on Monday 19th February 2018 at Deer Park luxury hotel, near Exeter. The aims of the day was for learner to experience hospitality in special master classes.
The Andy Gunn Foundation, supported these learners by assisting with the travel cost to and from the event.
The sessions were delivered by guest speakers specialising in customer care, hospitality and self-sufficiency with in the hotel a strong emphasis on communication skills and personal presentation and professional attitude.
In total 16 hospitality learners attended the session.
The level 2 catering and hospitality students work with the Chef Forum, producing canapés for the event. The students engaged really well with the external chefs and they stated what an opportunity it was to help run an event like this at a 4 Star Hotel, fantastic location. The students got a lot out of the event, enhancing their skills, confidence and work ethics.
A quote from one student:
“What a fantastic hotel, I would love to work here in the kitchens, the chefs were great really friendly and I learnt a lot”
The links with external chefs and the students show casing their skills is what will help them with future employment.
AGF assisted with the transport to and from the event.
Alex was an unemployed young student on a Learndirect Hospitality course and gained a placement with a local Michelin star restaurant. He needed some help gaining chef's whites as well as his starter set of knives. Due to our partnership with Learndirect he was referred to us and we were delighted to be able to supply them, giving him a much needed boost at the start of his hospitality career.
Chris is a young chef who is looking to move up the career ladder from his current position as a chef in a local pub. He wishes to move more to fine dining but cannot afford the cost of taking a key course in London. He asked the Foundation for help and we are delighted to assist him in moving his career forward. Chris attended his Molecular Gastronomy course in September 2014
Frances was struggling to attend work placements within the industry and pay her bills. She was very keen to attend interviews and work placements with hotels but travelling between Newton Abbot and Torquay was proving a struggle. After applying to the foundation for help we were happy to provide her with a Megarider ticket to solve her travel issues.
Mark wouldn't mind us saying that he is of a more mature status. He had encountered difficulties in gaining his dream job as a doorman/porter at a major hotel; Mark loves to chat to people. Mark came to the foundation for help in approaching these employers as his CV was poor. He wasn't sure how to shape this, and needed advice on how to write his CV and what should go in his cover letter, so that he would stand a better chance of getting an interview. He also felt his age was against him. Mark was confident that he could convince an employer to employ him once at interview, he just needed help getting that crucial interview.
We were able to work with Mark, producing a professional CV for him that focused on the roles he was after. We ensured that Mark was showing himself in an effective and professional manner, showing that his skills outweigh any age barriers. We also provided interview advice. We believe that skills, attitude and enthusiasm outweigh age; often all that is required is a little help in the right place.
Kevin needed help getting to work as a kitchen porter. His social situation was not ideal and he was struggling to make ends meet whilst trying to stay out of poverty. His health was suffering due to the long walk to work, especially during split shifts, he could see no way out. Kevin felt he either needed to give up a job he liked or try and save for a bike, despite having no spare money.
He asked for our help, as his financial situation was extreme and he was not able to gain help elsewhere. Due to the kindness of an anonymous donator we were able to provide Kevin with a bike and a lock. The AGF also funded his safety gear. Kevin is now able to get to work at no cost and is able to spend time with his family, without giving up his job or worrying about paying out for expensive fares. Kevin is pictured receiving his bike from AGF CEO Darren Gunn and a very helpful Tom from Halfords. .