The Importance of On-The-Job Training For Youth Development

One of the best things about Caterina’s Club is Chef’s Bruno Hospitality Academy. The Hospitality Academy is an extended learning opportunity for at-risk teenagers that teaches content and skills not taught in the traditional school day, where students are introduced to the Orange County Hospitality Industry at large and then trained in restaurant-specific skills. We believe training students in the workforce will mirror real life and encourage healthy work habits!  This nine-week program is one example of why on-the-job training can be a huge benefit for youth development.

Real Experience in Real Life Situations

When starting anything new the best way to learn is with hands-on experience. At Caterina’s Club, executives from major hotels, hospitals, culinary schools, and businesses have been secured as guest speakers to provide students insight on the opportunities that lie ahead as they prepare to exit high school and enter the workforce. We believe bringing in the experts can make a difference in the learning process of our students, but there isn’t a better opportunity than being thrown into the hustle and bustle of a job. And with this, we train our students on-the-job while they’re working. Our students have the opportunity for real experience in real-life situations because they are learning as they go. By working and training in the restaurant students are forced to learn people skills, emotional intelligence, and continue to give their 100% throughout their entire shift.

Students Learn How to Be a Team Player

In all aspects of life, it’s important to know how to be a team player. Some people learn from playing sports, others learn from a job. At Caterina’s Club, we stress on-the-job training because it helps our students shift from employees to teammates. The restaurant industry isn’t easy and situations, customers, and food can change quickly. Even when it starts to get busy and stress levels are high, a team environment can alleviate stress and instead, provide helping hands for each table AND employee. Being a team player is one of the lessons we train our students on through the Hospitality Academy. When students are team players they are filled with strength in times of stress and can problem-solve to the best of their ability.

On-the-job training allows kids to have real experience in real-life situations. With the Hospitality Academy, they have the ability to learn how to deal with different walks of life every day and serve their food! Obtaining a job allows kids to learn interpersonal skills, problem-solving, and good behavior as well as become a team player. And on-the-job training is one of the aspects that can give kids hands-on experience in real-world situations as they grow older.

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