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Marr College pupils have put their barista skills to the test

Marr College pupils have put their barista skills to the test

A group of Marr College pupils have put their barista skills to the test by taking a short course at the Ayrshire College Kilmarnock Campus last week.

The six pupils who participated in the 20 hour course were encouraged to take on the challenge as part of their Princes Trust Award. The City and Guilds course involves practical and theory elements. The practical assessment requires the pupils to make seven drinks in 16 minutes. The quicker they can make good quality drinks, the higher the mark they will receive.

The aim of the short course is to provide the pupils with some practical skills for the work place. The pupils aged between 15 and 16 years olds will now be able to start looking for summer jobs or part-time positions at local cafes. Two pupils from the course are hoping to leave school this year and start a professional cookery course at the Ayr Campus.

All the pupils passed their assignments on Friday and some with Merit. The pupils enjoyed completing the course in the new Salt and Barrel training restaurant and commented on how impressive they were with the new campus.

Bethany Cameron said “I really enjoyed the course and liked trying all the different types of teas, coffees and smoothies”.

Hospitality Lecturer, Ainsley Miller said: “I am really impressed with how much effort and enthusiasm the pupils put into the course. It is a great qualification to help them get a part time job and even to help them decide to move onto a course with us at the College”.


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