Date published: 06 April 2010
Students in the Chocolate Room at Slattery
Seven students from Bury College had the privilege of a workplace visit to Slattery’s on 9 March. The visit was part of a project which is being run in partnership with Bury Employment, Support and Training (EST) to support students with learning difficulties/disabilities by offering them the opportunity to gain workplace experience.
Entry Level 2 and 3 students spent the whole morning in Slattery’s and benefited from a behind the scenes tour, which included the cake making room, where they got a sneak preview of a gigantic 10ft cake that Slattery’s are producing for the St. Patrick’s day celebrations in Manchester next week. This was followed by the chocolate room where students were shown the secrets of making Easter eggs and learnt how chocolate is moulded into a wide range of designs. During their tour students also got a glimpse at the classrooms and were given an inspirational talk and history of the bakery by the owner himself, John Slattery.
The morning ended with an exquisite lunch and a grand selection of Slattery cakes in the café. Richard Frost, age 17, from Bury, is currently studying Practical Skills for Life at Bury College. Richard thoroughly enjoyed the visit, he said, “The visit has been great, I really enjoyed the chocolate room where we got to taste the chocolate. I’d now like to be a chef.”
Maureen Buttle, Skills for Life tutor at Bury College said, “It’s great to have a company like Slattery’s on board to offer opportunities like this to our students. The enthusiasm shared by John Slattery with the students was hugely beneficial.”
Slattery’s encourage volunteers and offer practical interviews to enable individual to demonstrate their abilities. Other workplace visits have taken place at Pizza Express and Burrs Country Park, with an additional 16 students completing short term placements and six learners carrying out long term work experience.