Staff at City of Wolverhampton College’s Metro One campus are tucking in to breakfast at their desks thanks to a new catering service being run by students.

At 9.30am every morning students studying for hospitality qualifications visit staff offices to take orders for hot drinks and pastries, prepare them in the college’s on-site bakery shop, and deliver them to customers’ desks a few minutes later.

The breakfast offer costs £1 and includes a cup of tea or freshly-brewed coffee and either a warm croissant served with butter and jam or a choice of Danish pastries.

Lachmi Devi, attendance officer at the campus, said: “It’s a great service! I work in the Student Hub which is always really busy first thing in the morning so the fact that orders are taken and delivered to our desks means we can just get on with what we’re doing. And it’s really good value too and much cheaper than coffee shops in the city centre.”

Heath Arnfield, curriculum manager for hospitality and catering at the college, said: “Work experience and developing customer service skills is an important part of the students’ training and offering the breakfast service is another opportunity for them to work with real customers and develop confidence which will be of benefit to them when they are applying for jobs in the future.”

The bakery shop is open to the public from 10am-2pm on weekdays during term time and sells freshly-made bread, sandwiches, cakes and cookies produced by students studying for professional bakery qualifications.

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