Barista bursary in Taiwan
Trainee barista becomes first person to receive a City & Guilds International Bursary in Taiwan
25 January 2013
A trainee barista has become the first person to receive a City & Guilds International Bursary in Taiwan.
In 2012, the City & Guilds International Bursary scheme was made available in Taiwan for the first time. By fully subsidising tuition fees, it enables individuals from financially underprivileged backgrounds to study for a City & Guilds qualification.
The first recipient of the City & Guilds bursary in Taiwan was Chen Rou Yun, who is studying for a hospitality qualification at the Tainan University of Technology. Chen has family obligations that make full-time education difficult, but she impressed the selection panel with the focus and dedication she brought to her hospitality and catering studies. Chen has also undertaken part-time internships in leading hotels, Shangri-La Far Eastern Plaza Hotel and The Landis in Taiwan.
‘Due to family commitments, I need to do part-time work and give my family financial support, which means I have less time to study and practice my skills after school,’ said Chen. ‘Being a beneficiary of the City & Guilds bursary is hugely exciting for me and I am very honoured. The bursary programme will help relieve the financial burden of studying, allow me to concentrate more on my barista studies, and it will also increase my employment opportunities.’
After completing the qualifications, Chen hopes to use her skills to enter barista competitions - something she has already dabbled in. ‘I have attended three local barista competitions before and used my leisure time to practice the skills I have learned. After I have completed the training I will have the industry skills to enter bigger competitions. I envisage there will be some challenges ahead, but I will treat these as positive steps.’