CAVC teams up with local business to launch cafe

6 January 2015

Cardiff and Vale College teams up with local business to launch a cafe

CAVC students have teamed up with a Cardiff office accommodation provider to run a catering business for its tenants.

The Maltings Limited has invited students from Cardiff and Vale College to set up a café to serve a range of breakfast and lunch time food options, as well as providing a buffet service for the numerous businesses housed in The Maltings building.

The Maltings’ café was initially managed by two students from CAVC’s Level three VRQ Catering and Hospitality course as a ‘learning company’ to provide students with first-hand experience of running a catering business, dealing with customers, ordering stock and processing finances.

Sean Harrison, one of the students from CAVC who was responsible for setting up The Maltings’ café, has now been employed full time to oversee the day-to-day running of the business and will be providing work experience placements for students studying level one and two hospitality courses.

The introduction of the café is part of The Maltings’ refurbishment programme which has seen the company invest £3m in developing vacant storage space into state-of-the-art Serviced and Self-Managed offices and improved facilities for existing and new clients.

The café was introduced alongside a brand new, fully equipped on-site modern gym, meeting rooms, conference and video conferencing facilities, communal kitchen areas, shower rooms and break-out seating areas.

Gareth Oram, office manager at The Maltings, said: “We were delighted when CAVC agreed to work in partnership with us to run a café and catering business at The Maltings. It not only gives students the opportunity to develop their catering skills, but also gives them first-hand experience of running a business. As many of our tenants are start-ups companies, entrepreneurship is something that we champion and we believe it is important that this is started from a young age.

“The business has been a great success with most of our tenants buying their lunch there daily. We are always looking for ways to improve our offering for our tenants’ benefit and expanding our onsite facilities by creating a café is one of the ways we have demonstrated this. We look forward to continuing to support the scheme and working with the college to develop more opportunities for their students.”

CAVC is the only college in Wales to be part of the Gazelle Colleges Group Gazelle which aims to provide an opportunity to engage with established entrepreneurs, young entrepreneurs and innovators and to bring that experience into the heart of Further Education.

Darren Greenland, hospitality lecturer and development officer at CAVC, said: “Setting up and running The Maltings’ café has been a great opportunity for our students to gain practical experience of running a business within the hospitality sector. As we are part of the Gazelle Colleges Group, we encourage entrepreneurship to develop the skills of our students and it’s great to see that this scheme with The Maltings has been so successful to date.

“Sean has done a great job in running the café and has recently been presented an award for his efforts at our annual awards dinner. We know he will do a great job in helping other students develop their skills as they undergo work placements at the café.”

The Maltings is a Grade II listed Victorian Malt House in the heart of Cardiff which has been established for thirty years as a centre for records management and storage, as well as a provider of self-managed and serviced rented office space.