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3:41pm 10th July 2014
(Updated 3:41pm 10th July 2014)

There is anger over plans to build a Costa inside a Cornish school.

Classrooms at Camborne Science and International Academy will be converted into a coffee shop next term.

In a statement, the school says it will give older students the chance to train or find work:

The transition between school life and the working world has been made easier for VI Form students at Camborne Science and International Academy. Having taken on a new catering company contract with Taylor Shaw, CSIA has opened a new Costa cafe on site exclusively for all VI Formers (over 16) and staff.

"We are very excited about the new offering here at CSIA" said Vice Principal Andrew Dodd. "Not only has the quality of our catering been massively enhanced with our own on-site chef, but being able to give students the opportunity to train, work and earn money around their studies is fantastic."

The first tranche of CSIA students have undergone their training at their new place of work and will begin their employment on Thursday 10th July. Huseyin Ergisi who is joining CSIA's VI Form from September, is thrilled to have a job at the establishment, which serves as an adult environment for students who will soon be embarking on a new chapter at University or in the workplace. "It's such a good learning opportunity for me, and with the experience I'm going to gain, I can go into the working world feeling confident" said Huseyin.

The site addition enhances the existing common room, allowing 1 to 1 tutorials between staff and VI Form students to take place in mature surroundings, whilst recruiting 20 VI Formers during their time at the Academy. "For our ever-increasing VI Form to have their own restaurant/ cafe in which they can seek employment, empowers the students to feel assured about the world of work" said Andrew. "From people skills to money management, customer care to responsibility, they will acquire a wealth of transferrable expertise to see them into adulthood."

The cafe facility has been built adjoining the VI Form building replacing two classrooms which have been relocated to a better position for the Year 7-11 students, whilst increasing teaching space at the Academy.

The students employed at the new cafe will manage their time between lessons and learning, giving them the opportunity to earn a wage whilst continuing to study for their A Levels prior to leaving for University or to the world of work. "It's really difficult for young people to find part-time employment so this ensures that students can continue their studies as-well as gaining an array of valuable skills and experience to add to their CV" said Andrew. "It makes them one-step-ahead when going off to University or when applying for a job."

Another student to be one of the first to work at the new cafe, Alistair Pirrie, said "I think it will be so much easier for me to get a job when I go to University because I will already have valuable experience. It's a great first-step and also lots of fun!"  

"Providing our VI Form students with this on-site employment opportunity promotes a strong work ethic, introduces them to the working environment, provides a mature atmosphere to meet with their peers and teachers and of course, furthers their personal skills" said Andrew.

The new three year contract with Taylor Shaw delivers freshly prepared lunch on site each day using locally sourced ingredients wherever possible to serve the 1,300 students at CSIA.

"The introduction of the new cafe and student area is just one result of our new catering contract. We're making sure that the food quality at CSIA is superior to anything you'd expect to find on a school site" said Andrew. "With a real focus on health and nutrition, our students will have access to culinary delights."

3:41pm 10th July 2014

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