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Hospitality and Food student poses, smiling, with hand on hip alongside smiling Jane Steventon, manager of Refresh Cafe.
George loves working with manager Jane at Refresh Cafe.

We’re always keen to have guest speakers and experts come into College to talk to and inspire students.

This week, for Careers Week, we’ve been lucky enough to have visits from Jane Steventon, manager of Severn Hospice’s Refresh Cafe, and actor/director/producer Sam Retford.

For Careers Week, Jane spoke to Hospitality and Food students about running Refresh Cafe and about supporting student George Weston in his weekly work placement at the cafe. George’s role involves taking orders and serving customers, and just this week he’d been learning to use the coffee machine to make a cappuccino.

It was Jane’s first visit to Derwen and she said how much she’d enjoyed seeing the campus and meeting students. “You are all so lucky to be students here!” she said. She even arrived with a car boot full of donations for The Vintage Advantage charity shop. She has promised to visit again, soon.

Actor Sam Retford and Performing Arts sat on the floor in a circle as part of a workshop.
Sam delivered hands-on workshops to Performing Arts students.

Sam, on the other hand, is already an Industry Champion for College. So, we were delighted that the Coronation Street and Ackley Bridge actor, held brilliant workshops for Performing Arts students. Sam worked with students on acting, improvisation and puppetry and answered questions about his work and own inspiration.

Both visitors were kind enough to drop in after having previous visits for Careers Week cancelled due to snow.

Actor Sam Retford and Performing Arts intern Anna stand together smiling and holding Anna's certificate in recognition of her help with Careers Week.
Anna was awarded a certificate of recognition for her efforts in securing visits from experts across all our pathways.

Thanks also to supported intern Anna who helped to arrange visits from industry experts across all of our pathways as part of her work experience.


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