Learners at The College of Haringey, Enfield and North East London had an opportunity to shape service delivery earlier this year when they formed part of a decision making panel to award a new catering contract.
The group, which consisted of six students and four members of senior management, judged three catering companies before finally awarding the new contract to Pabulum.
Pabulum, who specialise in providing contract catering services to the education sector throughout the South of England, will provide catering facilities to the 20,000 learners and staff at the College from September. This includes a new Costa Coffee shop at the Tottenham Centre.
The judging process included presentations from each company, with a full range of menu options available for the panel to taste as well as information on costing, delivery and environmental policies, followed by a question and answer session.
Panel member Gagan Dulai, who is studying a BTEC in IT and Business, said: “I’m very honoured to be part of the process. It not only gave me insight in to how a business functions, but I also had the chance to make a difference when it comes to what is available at the College. It’s nice to have an opinion and I look forward to tasting the new menu.”
The College’s Head of Estates, Luna Undenkwo, said: “We are very impressed by Pabulum’s ethical and healthy eating approach to contract catering, and we are confident that it will prove extremely popular among the students.”
Fellow panel member, Jane O’Neill, Vice Principal of Curriculum and Learner Experience, said: “As students are the main customers their opinion matters. This gives the young people responsibility and sends a message out to students that we are listening to them and do the best to provide what they want.”