Joseph cooks up career success
Life is looking sweet for 19-year-old Joseph McManus, who is on his way to achieving his ambition of being a pastry chef, partly thanks to Bury College.
Joseph, who attended Sharples School in Bolton, is studying catering at the College while completing an apprenticeship at Gorsey Clough Nursing Home. At Bury College, Joseph is studying towards Level 2 qualifications in the fields of catering and hospitality management.
At the Home, Joseph is enjoying gaining real-life work experience. He is part of a team of three cooks. His duties include preparing food – ranging from main meals such as fish and chips to desserts such as meringues – stocktaking and helping out around the kitchen.
Joseph said the apprenticeship has helped him to gain confidence while gaining experience of what it is really like to work in catering, including how to solve problems with equipment and to accommodate special dietary requirements. He enjoys working at Gorsey Clough because he feels he is helping to support people with dementia and their families.
“I would recommend such an apprenticeship to anyone looking to build their confidence and experience real work,” said Joseph.
He chose Bury College for his training after seeing friends attain good qualifications at the college, and because of the quality of the facilities and links with the industry.
In the future, Joseph hopes to continuing working in the catering industry, with an aim of making cakes and pastries in a café or restaurant.