Thursday, 17 April 2014

YMCA Project Bridge youths discover hospitality at its finest


As part of their learning journey under the Vocational and Soft Skills Programme (VaSSP), 13 youths from YMCA Project Bridge visited Capella Singapore hotel on 16 April 2014 to learn more about the hospitality industry and its career opportunities.

The youths, aged 14-20 years old, were given a tour of the facilities – including Auriga Spa and Wellness and The Knolls restaurant – at the five-star hotel and were briefed on the hotel’s operations and career opportunities. They also watched a mixing demonstration from the resident bartender and some had the opportunity to experience mixing drinks first hand. In addition, the youths had had a meal at The Knolls to experience the required service standards and expectations of the industry. 

The visit was made possible by JPMorgan Chase & Co. which was represented at the session by Ms Linda Wright (CIB Technology, Vice-President), Ms Nicola Allan (CIB Operations, Vice-President), Ms Deborah Plaku (GTI Finance, Executive Director). 

YMCA Project Bridge reaches out to youths-at-risk and out-of-school youths aged 13 to 19 through meaningful programmes, with the aim to integrate them back into the society. To enrich their lives and help them improve on their social skills, youths at YMCA Project Bridge are given opportunities to serve in YMCA community service programmes locally and overseas, attend adventure and sports camps and participate in enrichment programmes with the involvement of volunteers. 

The Vocational and Soft Skills Programme (VaSSP), an initiative by YMCA Project Bridge, aims to equip out-of-school youths and youths-at-risk between the ages of 15 to 21 years, with job competency as well as specific vocational skills in Hairdressing, Baking, Makeup, Hospitality and Western Culinary.

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