Lord Mayor opens HARTE ‘pop up’ restaurant in Titanic Quarter
The Lord Mayor of Belfast officially opened a ‘pop up’ restaurant in the Titanic Quarter today staffed by participants of the council’s HARTE programme which will run for the next two weeks to coincide with the World Police and Fire Games.
Participants of the Hospitality and Retail Training for Employment (HARTE) programme will be supported by trainers from Belfast Metropolitan College to take up the challenge of running the HARTE@theMET pop up restaurant at the Belfast Met Titanic Quarter Campus from today (29 July) to Friday 9 August.
The restaurant will open from 9am to 4pm on Monday to Friday. Visitors to the HARTE@theMET will get to choose from a mouth-watering menu themed to coincide with the World Police and Fire Games – consisting of fresh home-made dishes, economically priced.
The trainees will be cooking and serving a range of dishes to customers and displaying the hospitality skills that they have received training in – from good customer service, catering and beverage services.
Wishing them the best of luck with their venture, Lord Mayor Councillor Máirtín Ó Muilleoir said: “It gives me great pleasure to open the HARTE@theMET pop up restaurant today which will give the HARTE trainees from Belfast and Lisburn the fantastic opportunity to run a restaurant over the next weeks and showcase their new-found hospitality and management skills. This challenge will also lead to the trainees not only gaining valuable work experience but improve their employment prospects.
“I hope employers who are recruiting staff take the opportunity to call in and meet the trainees at this innovative eatery in Belfast Met’s Titanic Quarter Campus. I would also urge the public to get behind this inspiring initiative and visit the restaurant!”
Running since 2009, the HARTE programme provides training and support to unemployed people living in the Belfast and Lisburn City Council areas who want to work in the hospitality, tourism and retail industries. Trainees have gained employment with a range of employers including Marks & Spencer, Tesco, Fitzers and The MAC.
The programme is funded by Belfast City Council, Lisburn City Council and the European Social Fund with the support of the Department for Employment and Learning (DEL). It is delivered by Time Associates with the support of GEMS NI and Belfast Metropolitan College.
For more information on the trainees working at the HARTE@theMet pop up restaurant you can visit the council Facebook page atwww.facebook.com/belfastbusinessinfo
Further details on the HARTE programme or any of the council’s business programmes can be found at the visit the council website atwww.belfastcity.gov.uk/business