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‘Citizenship and enterprise’ is on course at Isle of Dogs’ City Gateway college

PUBLISHED: 15:15 03 August 2017 | UPDATED: 15:15 03 August 2017

Students at City Gateway College running a pop-up restaurant venture at their Millwall campus. Picture: City Gateway

Students at City Gateway College running a pop-up restaurant venture at their Millwall campus. Picture: City Gateway

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Students start an ‘Active Citizenship and Enterprise’ curricular programme at City Gateway College on the Isle of Dogs next month as part of the CBI’s Framework for Employability Skills.

The programme is the college’s third incarnation after its first ‘citizenship’ networking event last term, when students ran a pop-up restaurant with a menu designed by TV chef Mark Lloyd.

Guests included Team GB athlete Perri Shakes-Drayton, a former Bishop Challoner pupil in Stepney who still lives in the East End at Bow.

“I felt I was at an upscale restaurant,” she said. “The food looked great, tasted amazing and was healthy!”

The networking event at the Millwall campus raised £120 for east London’s Whizzkidz charity to help create work placements for disabled youngsters.

City Gateway, now reworking itself as ‘an enterprise specialist’, was originally started as a vocation skills charity in Shadwell, then set up at the Isle of Dogs an “alternative education” provider for teenagers who had dropped out of mainstream education.

But its vision as ‘an enterprise specialist’ remains the same—to equip youngsters from deprived backgrounds with the skills to make it in today’s competitive economic market.

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