Youth Guarantee students awarded scholarships

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18 Aug 2016

Three Youth Guarantee Cookery students have been awarded scholarships so they can study the Certificate in Cookery Level 4. The scholarship covers one year of full time study and includes full tuition fees.

This year Matt Franklin, Angela Martin and Jaime Harnett, are the recipients of the scholarship.

Cooking students

Matt, Jaime and Angela in their natural habitat.

"There were many strong applicants, however the tutors' testimonials and the student's applications stood out. The student support advisors contributed to the decision and saw them as strongest candidates too," says Manager Cookery and Bakery Ryan Marshall"

Twice a year Cookery scholarships are being awarded to students, once at the start of the year and once in July, "to encourage them to continue their studies into higher education", adds Ryan.

The three students just finished Level 3 of the Youth Guarantee Cooking programme, which is a six months tuition fees free programme offered to students 16 to 19. The three followed different paths, but are all keen to continue their cooking studies.

Matt has been cooking for years. At the age of 15 he enrolled in a CTC course (Canterbury Tertiary College) delivered at Aranui High School, learning to cook every Thursday and Friday.

"I had never cooked before, but I had such a great teacher that I really liked it"

After discovering his love for cooking and finishing CTC he immediately enrolled for the Youth Guarantee Level 3 Programme. The next logical step was a L4 certificate, but that's not enough for this driven young man.

"Besides my classes at Ara I work at Chalmers, the restaurant of the Papanui Working Men's Club. I'm learning a lot at the restaurant and also a lot at Ara. It is a great combination. What I learn there I use here and what I learn here I use there."

Just like Matt, Jaime has been cooking since a young age. He followed chef training at high school and knew cooking was the direction he wanted end up in after school.

"When Ara representatives talked at our school I knew the Youth Guarantee Cooking Programme was what I wanted to do. I love food and I thought it was a great opportunity to be able to follow a six month cooking course for free. Now I can study another year, also for free"

When asking about his future plans he says he's motivated to go on to Level 5, but there are also other options on the horizon.

"I want to be a chef and travel around Asia, taking the cooking there. I learned Japanese at school and would love to go there and cook"

For Angela the Youth Guarantee programme was her first introduction to cookery. It was her grandfather who told her about the programme. It turned out she really enjoyed learning about cookery and was excited to start Level 4 with a scholarship.

"We're only a few weeks into the course, but I'm really enjoying it. I'm learning new recipes and love working with everyone. It's a great team."

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