- Published: 11 April 2017
More than 60 students from William Angliss Institute’s Youth Learning department joined Hospitality Employment and Training (HEAT) students with Executive chef Arnold Greiner to serve a three course lunch to 150 homeless members of the community at Luna Park.
The HEAT Homeless Longest Lunch is an event for people affected by homelessness and for its tenth year members of the community were encouraged to shout someone lunch. The event runs each year as part of the Melbourne Food and Wine Festival and highlights the issues surrounding homelessness and disengagement. Since 2009 over 1,500 members of the homeless community have dined on HEAT.
The three course meal was designed by HEAT’s Patron, Guy Grossi and HEAT students helped prepare, cook and service the event, providing them with industry experience as part of their Certificate II in Hospitality.
William Angliss Institute is an integral part of the HEAT program from being part of the steering committee, to providing trainers, equipment and venues. The students learn vital skills to empower them to engage in customer service and the hospitality industry which is one of Australia’s fastest growing industries.
William Angliss Institute Manager, Centre for Tourism and Hospitality Cary Warren said “We help these young people develop hospitality skills so they can get either full or part time employment, plus we work with them to help develop life skills and build self-esteem to improve all aspects of their lives.
“Having the opportunity to work on a big event like this which gives back to the community gives our students the chance to practice their skills and build confidence for the workplace,”
The program is delivered in a supporting learning environment, using an applied learning principle, with a strong emphasis on welfare and career guidance. Participants are assisted to plan and work towards their personal, educational, further training and/or employment goals.
HEAT is a pre-employment training program administered by St Kilda Youth Service and William Angliss Institute, in partnership with Inner Eastern Local Learning and Employment Network, City of Port Phillip, Victoria Police and Republica St Kilda Beach.
The program is a twelve week hospitality training course for young people aged 16-25 years who live in or close to the City of Port Phillip, who are unemployed or disengaged from mainstream education, and who may be experiencing personal problems. The programs are at no cost to participants.