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We caught up with Skills Practitioner, Donna Scott, to find out what it's like working in the Supported Learning department.
I first started working at Canterbury College in the Supported Learning Department as a Learning Support Practitioner in 2020 and I have since progressed into a Skills Practitioner role for the coffee shop.
I enjoy all aspects of the Skills Practitioner role, working with the students and teaching them how to work in a coffee shop. I love that everyone works as one big team who always put the students first.
The students make the job so worthwhile; they are always so keen to learn, and nothing is ever too much to ask. Being greeted with warm smiles every day is just so warming.
It's a training kitchen for students, teaching them life skills, as well developing their employability skills so they can go out and complete industry placements. It's brilliant - some of our previous students have secured jobs working in cafes and restaurants.
I enjoy making the meals, especially the savoury dishes. There are too many dishes to choose from to pick a favourite!
We teach them how to run it and they get involved in everything - the preparation, serving other students and staff, learning how to use the till, learning how to make the sandwiches and restocking items.
I've always been supported in the department and encouraged to come forward with ideas. I raised money for the Ukraine Humanitarian Appeal with a sponsored head shave and the whole department got behind me to raise over £750; an amazing amount of money.