PIZZA and catering equipment suppliers LLK gave Copley Academy pupils a taste of what they do during a ‘World of Work’ day.A group of 13 year 10 students studying hospitality and catering visited LLK’s premises in Oldham for the initiative, which aims to inspire the next generation.
The pupils were greeted by team members of LLK and led into their meeting room where they received a presentation outlining the business.
The presentation also divulged details on each team member’s academic and career history as well as the paths that led them to their current role within LLK.
Next, the group was given a guided tour of the premises, including the colourful offices where staff perform the behind the scenes tasks that keep the business running smoothly, their warehouse where the equipment is stored and sent to foodservice operations all over the UK and their engineer’s workshop where items of catering equipment are serviced, repaired and maintained.
At lunchtime, LLK’s onsite bistro style demo kitchen was revealed. This demo kitchen is kitted out with a selection of items from LLK’s product catalogue which their customers can ‘try before they buy’ with the guidance of development chef Fabio Aurelio.
The students were then treated to freshly made pizzas whipped up by Fabio before they got practical with the equipment themselves and made pizzas to take back to school.
Jenna Lewis, commercial director at LLK, said: “We hold these events and reveal insights into our team’s career history to demonstrate to students that career paths aren’t always linear.
“Even if they are unsure which occupation they wish to explore at this stage, as long as they have a good attitude and a compassionate personality, they are sure to find a role which fulfils them.
“Our business is highly diverse, with staff members working in marketing and administration through to engineering and cooking, so we hope each student was able to take away some inspiration to boost them onto the next step on their career ladders.”
Angella OrrMcCook, supervisor of hospitality and catering at Copley Academy, said: “It was a wonderful experience which will be very useful for the ‘modern equipment proposal’ we are currently working on in class.
“The students had a wonderful time experiencing industrial practice and I’m sure they’ll take all the information on board.”