Under the Adejerest programme, 15 unemployed young people from Adeje received their professional certificates in Basic Restaurant and Bar Operations last Friday, upon completion of a course run by the council and the Canarian Employment Service.
Manuel Luis Méndez Martín, councillor for economic development in the borough, congratulated all of the students during a ceremony to make the end of the course. “Over 9 months you have done some extraordinary work. The employment world is waiting to welcome you, and this is a particularly opportune time, with tourism at a high, three new hotels about to open in Adeje…all of the personnel managers are sending us their lists of vacancies, and what is most in demand is the right attitude, as much as experience or aptitude. Make sure you don’t miss this opportunity”.
The project under the Adejerest label saw the 15 young people, between 16-25 years of age and with no previous qualifications work and study over nine months to earn their certificate. In parallel they also received training to increase their employability and job possibilities (including classes in English and the chance to work with a local British volunteer resident group), and the class professors also helped them attain their secondary school diploma. The course cost almost €200,000.
Over the last month a group of English resident ‘guinea pigs’ have been going out for breakfast!
The group were invited, through the Adeje council, to help the department of economic development and job creation by having breakfast served to them once a month! Nice work if you can get it…
What this is really about is helping a group of 15 young people, aged between 16-25, without any qualification and at risk of social exclusion, train in basic restaurant and bar operations. So an invited group of 20 English Adeje residents were invited to play ‘tourists’, to help the trainees deal with people in a different language, learn to serve, take orders, deal with different kinds of requests, and a big etc.
The first breakfast, a month ago, was beset by problems mostly not of the students making – with a technical problem in the kitchen the English Breakfast they had worked so long to serve, was cold….but to give them their due they coped with the complaints. The ‘guests’ were patient, knowing the circumstances, and were happy to accept an invitation to return this week for a Spanish breakfast.
What a difference. The guests were presented with a written menu, the students were now taking written orders, service was improved, the interaction with guests was at a new level, and the food was superb according to all the very happy ‘tourists’. And in parallel there have been new friendships formed and increased awareness of the work the Adeje council is doing in the area of job creation and tourism.
It’s a mantra of the mayor’s and a very important one – education and training have to go hand in hand with the continued development of Adeje’s tourist brand. And it also has created new links between the Adeje council and the local British community both sides learning a little more about each other and probably appreciating each other a little bit more into the bargain.