This month a group of students from CONEL (the College of North East London), were each presented with a certificate to reward them for their good progress in English, reading and writing - and because they made it to class on time.
They achieved this whilst employed as catering staff at the Green Pepper Café in Philip Street, Tottenham. Not an amazing feat you may think - until you discover that these seven adults are all living with extreme learning disabilities.
The students attend lessons once a week and work shifts at the Café from Tuesday through to Friday. Each of them had to pass a food hygiene certificate in order to serve customers.
Most of the group also attend work placements with local employers on one or two days each week.
The Green Pepper Café project is part of the College's offsite literacy and numeracy provision; it offers a wide range of tailor made courses for community partners and for the workplace.
Supported by Haringey Council, the Café has been going since 1997. In addition to customers who come in off the street, the café provides catering for Haringey Council and other local community groups. It is best known for its homemade cakes and fresh juices.
About The College of North East London (CONEL)
CONEL has around 12,000 full-time and part-time students and approximately 1,000 staff on several sites including the Tottenham Centre, Tottenham Green Centre, Heron House and the Middlesex University Campus in Enfield.
CONEL offer cutting edge facilities and inspirational study environments including excellent Information Communication Technology (ICT), a conference and exams hall and an open access advice and guidance centre.