The SIT Vault Café in Invercargill provides locals with top quality food and showcases the skill of its students to the public.
The Vault Café is located in the SIT Arcade, between Don and Esk Streets. Housed amidst the creative hub, the Vault Café is bordered by the SIT Art Gallery and Fashion Shop, all of which are run and operated by students.
The cafe is run by Certificate in Café and Bar Service students for three days a week from between six to eight weeks in duration. Students undertake general learning practices before opening up the cafe midway through the course. They learn the art of coffee making, knife handling, food safety, basic food preparation, customer care and all aspects of the daily operation of a café.
Aurora College STAR students have also spent one day a week learning café and bar skills and operate the café with a limited service. The experience during the year has seen them move from learning basic techniques into operating the Vault Café. SIT Hospitality programme manager Glenn Stridiron says running the café gives students exposure to a real world environment. “The students really pick it up and take ownership of it.”
Glenn urges both public and students to head down and enjoy the experience. “It’s a great opportunity to showcase SIT and what we do, the feedback from the public has been positive, we have a good reputation and following from locals with a lot of regulars coming back.”