Our aim is for the restaurant to be a real destination with the city, as well as be an excellent restaurant that has the benefit of being a training ground for young people who may need help, guidance and training.
Metropolis will provide a life-affirming opportunity for unqualified young people not in education, employment or training to gain qualifications, experience and turn their lives around.
It is part of the commitment to bring people and life back to the city post Covid and is based on the 2021 City of Culture Coventry Moves initiative, focusing on the journeys which begin in Coventry.
This is the city where movement began, from innovation in the transport industry to a history of activism. Our city has moved people for centuries. For a whole year, we will celebrate our city with events, music, dance, theatre, and large-scale spectacle.
Discover Coventry’s heritage together. We are bringing new life to the city’s heritage. Explore authentic places, take part in events, stay in historic accommodation and come and join us. Our vision is to find innovative ways to sustain historic places and to inspire, involve and connect people with the city’s history.
All trainees will gain experience in all the aspects of restaurant work including chef training, sous chef training, kitchen porter, waiting, customer service, bar work and marketing.
They will each be given a Traineeship placement which will also include general employability and work prep, Maths and English Functional Skills, Customer Service and Food Hygiene level 2 qualification.
There will be the opportunity for those who really show potential to take part in a Level 3 or 4 Leadership and Management qualification. On completion of their traineeship, each young person will graduate onto a Kickstart placement for six months and which includes 25-hour salary paid per week. Stage 3 will be progression will then be onto an apprenticeship with in Hospitality and Catering or Customer Services Level 3 or 4.
As well as PET-Xi providing training, the team will also be working with WCG to provide teaching opportunities as well.
Angela Joyce, CEO of WCG, said: “This is a very exciting project that will be helping to change the lives of young people in the region and we are delighted to be supporting it.
“We have invested significantly in recent years to expand our hospitality provision with the launch of our Professional Cookery course at Rugby College and the planned opening our new on-site restaurant ‘Courses’ later this year.
“It is crucial that we are able to bring through the next generation of skilled hospitality professionals to help rebuild the industry following the pandemic, and projects like this will be essential to doing just that.”
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