Success story: Hospitality Apprentice Shaideen Malcolm
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Hospitality Apprentice Shaideen Malcolm

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In just 12- months, 20-year-old Shaideen Malcolm has gone from having no self confidence to cooking for customers in a busy restaurant, thanks to a hospitality apprenticeship.

After initially completing a Prince’s Trust Team programme, Shaideen progressed to a GAP programme and then a traineeship, before gaining the apprenticeship at Nutmeg in the city centre.

Shaideen, who combines working in the restaurant with studying for the Level 2 diploma in professional cookery, said: “I thought the only way to be successful was to go to college full-time which I didn’t want to do, so an apprenticeship is a much better way of learning for me.

“I can use what I learn at college – such as knife skills and making cakes and pastries – when I’m in the restaurant and having to work under pressure and talk to customers has really increased my confidence – I can’t afford to be shy!

“I never thought I’d get anywhere but, thanks to the apprenticeship, I can look forward to the future now.”

Shaideen’s employer, Alex Abdel, who runs Nutmeg with his daughter Yasmine, added: “Shaideen is doing extremely well and has really grown in confidence since she’s been here.  She runs the kitchen on her own and the customers love her.

“Young people deserve a chance and apprenticeships are a great way for them to gain experience in the workplace.”