My name is Ergys Behri and I want to share with you my experience as a student of ‘Hamdi Bushati’ school for three years now. I have participated in many activities since the very first year, but in my second year, my engagements in the school went beyond my expectations. This was the year when ‘Skills for Jobs’, the Swiss funded project, started supporting our school with training for teachers, modern infrastructure, apprenticeships for students and better instruments for employability.
At the beginning of the second year I started my apprenticeship in 'Legjenda' bar-restaurant, which helped me greatly in terms of training on the basics of professional cuisine. Have you ever heard about ‘Molecular gastronomy’? It is a subdiscipline of food science, a very modern concept in Albania. I was very lucky to learn about this during my apprenticeship.
About one month after starting my apprenticeship, I was selected to compete in the international ‘Pearl of the Sea’ culinary competition in Croatia. ‘Skills for Jobs’ sponsored the participance of our school students at this international event. Guess what? Our team was awarded a bronze medal! This was a very beautiful and fruitful experience.
The third year of school is not over yet and I hope there will be many more activities to come! I believe that my school is providing me with very good opportunities for the future, because it is preparing me in an area I am very passionate about. My motivation is high, and teachers at school are always encouraging me and my peers. I do not get bored or tired of helping out in different activities, because I know that all these experiences and dedication will pay off in the future.
I can't help but mention the apprenticeships in companies. It is very important for us as students because we can see and work in a real-life kitchen. I am very grateful and thankful to Swisscontact, S4J, the school director and all the teachers for their passion, dedication, patience, hard work, and kindness towards us now and in the future.
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