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Work Placement Success – Jordan at Pilgrim's Hospice Thanet

30 October 2023
Level 2 Professional Catering student Jordan Herring, has cooked up a storm in the Pilgrims Hospice Thanet kitchens.

Level 2 Professional Catering student Jordan Herring has cooked up a storm during his work experience placement in the Pilgrims Hospice Thanet kitchens.

Jordan is currently undertaking work placement at the hospice, gaining industry experience in their fast-paced kitchen, making food to cater for all of the patients’ needs. Jordan said: “I started my work experience in the Pilgrims kitchen last year, it’s just one day each week but I’m really enjoying it. I love being part of the team, they are all so friendly;  I felt immediately welcome from the very first day.”

Catering student Jordan Herring on work placement

Georgie Braithwaite, Pilgrims Head Chef said: “It’s great to have Jordan with us, we are very happy to support him as he learns new skills, and really pleased he feels there are many benefits to learning more about the food requirements of patients here in the hospice. Being part of the catering team can be extremely busy and sometimes quite noisy, but Jordan has taken everything in his stride and has blended into our team really well, even taking the jokes and kitchen banter with huge smiles.

“He needs to complete 100 hours experience as part of his on-going training, and we are delighted to support him on his journey forward. Jordan will have the opportunity to chat with patients about dietary requirements and how their individual needs can be catered for in the hospice kitchen.”

The college have worked collaboratively with the Pilgrims Hospice for many years, supplying afternoon high tea complete with waiting staff and Christmas dinner for patients and staff in return for their support in offering student placements. “It’s always great to have these lovely treats and we hope the students gain valuable hands-on experience.” Georgie added.

Jordan explained: “I think taking the catering qualification at college was a really good decision.  It’s provided me with plenty of skills that we help me through life. Natalie, our Work Placement Officer matches work opportunities to suit students’ personality and style, I think she found a good match for me!

“The placement has helped me to grow in confidence, and I know it’s helping me to make a difference to the patients, it has a feel-good factor, and it’s really worthwhile. When I’m cooking the time just flies by, and I’m absolutely enjoying learning lots of new things with the Pilgrims catering team.”

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