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West London College Students and Fair Shot Cafe on BBC Six O’Clock News

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LONDON, UK – West London College (@westlondoncol) inclusive learning Fair Shot Cafe (@fairshotcafe) trainees were delighted to be part of a BBC News (@BBCNews) broadcast which will go out tonight (Wednesday, 6 October 2021) on the BBC 6 O’Clock news @sonjajessup. The Fair Shot Cafe, which will be located in Mayfair’s South Molton Street and aims to ensure that 80% of its staff are people with disabilities – plans to open in November.

Filmed in the College’s commercial TASTE restaurant last month (27 September), the students were able to display their barista and hospitality skills to reporter Sonia Jessup and camera operator and sound recordist Paul Murphy-Kasp. The BBC News team had come along to find out more about the Fair Shot Cafe and the aspirations of the trainees.

From a macchiato to a mocha, iced latte to hot chocolate, the students served up delicious beverages and sumptuous pastries to staff and apprentices who gathered to take part in the special media event.

Bianca Tavella is the CEO of the Fairshot Cafe and she works in partnership with West London College, supporting 14 trainees to prepare their careers in the hospitality and catering industry. This includes the trainees fulfilling their aspirations to become high-class baristas.

As part of their traineeships, students are taught by industry specialists and achieve qualifications in food hygiene level 2, allergens and food labelling, barista skills and hospitality and catering.

Bianca was deeply affected by the differences in life chances available to people with disabilities. She saw that many people in her parish community were not able to get work once they had finished their education and decided to set up her own business, employing people with disabilities as a result.

Sue Jenkins, Head of Inclusive Learning at West London College, said: “The students started their training in September. All of the interns have made rapid progress in learning about all the different blends, styles and types of drinks to make suitable for a high-end coffee shop and have excelled in their communication skills.” Sue went on to say: “They also make the best coffee I’ve ever tasted!”

Abdul, one of the West London College inclusive learning trainees, said of the possibility of working at the Fair Shot Cafe: “It is a good experience and opportunity to help people and teach them about learning difficulties. I like being around people. I like making coffee.”

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