A taste of Melbourne during National Youth Week

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Travellers on Melbourne trams are usually content to look out of the window or read a novel. However, in April commuters were provided with refreshments. To celebrate National Youth Week, William Angliss Institute VCAL students hosted travelling public on City Circle trams.

The students attended a presentation by Victorian Workcover Minister, John Lenders, on workplace safety before taking to the trams, armed with food they had prepared earlier that morning and to provide commentary and insights into Melbourne from a younger perspective.

Manager Angliss Youth Learning, Andrew Williamson, said the Tastes of a Young Melbourne offered young people from the Victorian Certificate of Applied Learning (VCAL) program the opportunity to showcase their skills and their city to passengers on Melbourne’s free City Circle trams.

“VCAL tourism students described the city from a young person’s eyes, while food prepared by VCAL cookery students was served by trainee VCAL waiters,” he said. “This project provided an opportunity for our young people to act as ambassadors for Melbourne; build pride and a sense of ownership for their community.

“It is a celebration of these young people, their skills and of their learning in the City of Melbourne. In the weeks leading up to Youth Week 2005, participants researched City highlights, attractions and flavours with City of Melbourne staff from Yarra Trams. The project is supported by qualified trainers from William Angliss Institute who assisted in the planning of the menu and logistics.”