With financial support from Greenboard, we have been able to offer paid summer holiday opportunities for several young people to develop their skills in the live working environment that is the café. Here, we hear from Sam Miah, 16, who has just completed his 6 weeks as the Skip Garden Kitchen’s latest café trainee, writes Rachel Solomon.
Encouraged by his sisters, who had been on our programmes before, Sam joined Global Generation back in 2013, when he threw himself straight into his first experience with us at Pertwood. He followed this up with participation in our Urban Camps and many other activities as part of our flagship youth leadership programme, The Generator. Since then, he has been committed to the Skip Garden and shown a real interest in it as a place to – as Jane would put it – “change gear”. And after his completion of work experience with Eurostar earlier this summer and taking part in our photography project, the café traineeship provided Sam the perfect platform to apply his experience, interest, skills and open-mindedness to a job opportunity. Here are his reflections on what it’s been like for him.