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McCafe training academy set up at ITE

A McCafe training academy has been set up at ITE College West, a first-of-its-kind in the region, to train manpower for the growing food and beverage (F&B) industry in Singapore.

SINGAPORE: A McCafe training academy has been set up at ITE College West, a first-of-its-kind in the region, to train manpower for the growing food and beverage (F&B) industry in Singapore.

The learning facility replicates the design and equipment in a McCafe outlet and will facilitate training of students in cafe operations and customer service.

The centre will also be the new classroom for those enrolled in the Nitec F&B Operations traineeship programme, where students earn-and-learn at the same time.

McCafe staff will also use this new classroom for barista training.

Mr Bruce Poh, director and CEO of ITE, hopes the coming together of barista trainers and trainees from McCafe, and staff and students from ITE will further enhance learning.

He added: "We are glad to partner McDonald's, who are as committed as ITE, in building up skilled manpower. We believe that the applied learning at the McCafé Training Academy and other joint efforts will prepare our students effectively for their careers and bring out their talents."

Ahmad Madani Mohamed, a trainee in the Nitec F&B Operations traineeship programme at ITE College West, said: "It benefited me a lot in different ways such as I need to manage my time and… discipline myself because I need to maintain my timing for my work and my studies. So I find this course very useful to me."

Senior Minister of State for Education Indranee Rajah was also present on Monday to give out prizes to winners of the Home Grown Expression Baking Competition.

The competition is held for ITE students to develop cakes and tarts with a unique Singaporean flavor. The winning team will have their creations sold over McCafe counters for three months from July.

Muhammad Salehan Jaafar, Nitec student in Pastry & Baking at ITE College West and member of the winning team, said: "This competition benefitted… me and my team. It helped us to improve in our skills, leadership skills and also our baking skills." 

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