Step Up participants learn to stay safe in the kitchen with COVID-19 infection control course

Throughout November, participants accessing Step Up using their School Leaver Employment Supports NDIS funding have been working on completing a COVID-19 infection control course.

The course details how to stay safe, clean and healthy in a kitchen environment as well as out in the community. Participants learnt how to store food, prevent food poisoning and stop cross contamination. The course was held at Mai-Wel LabourForce Solutions Maitland office once a week and participants received the support of staff to understand and complete the learning material.

The purpose of the COVID-19 infection control course was to help the participants to not only learn new skills for their home life, but skills that can be transferred  into their working life. The course allowed participants to gain knowledge of what is expected when working in the hospitality industry through a series of written assessments, online quizzes, workbook activities and a story each week about what had been learnt through the course thus far.

Throughout the course, the participants put their infection control and food safety skills to use with some cooking time in Thrive Cafe.
Thrive Cafe is a simulated workspace and commercial kitchen in the MWLFS office in Maitland, where participants gain hand-on skills and experience in a supportive environment.

If you would like to develop your skills for employment with Mai-Wel’s School Leaver Employment Supports, contact us on or 4057 2900, or visit the School Leavers Employment Supports information on this site.

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