Launchpad is all about developing skills and abilities. Every trainee sets their own personal achievement targets, which are celebrated once achieved. We take photos and videos to show how the trainees are progressing, and with these we create a visual CV for each trainee as a tangible record of their progress. This can be used as a CV to take to potential employers, or simply as a record of achievement.
In the kitchens trainees are encouraged to take part is as much as they can to be actively involved in the day-to-day running of a commercial kitchen and cafe. They are trained in all aspects of food hygiene and safety, food preparation, washing up and maintaining cleanliness to a high standard. In the cafe, they take on customer service, including using the till, serving food and drink and clearing and cleaning tables.
In the garden our trainees are planning, planting, clearing, mowing and weeding. We also have a number of winter projects to complete, including building compost heaps and raised vegetable beds. Trainees are supported not only by the staff but also by an amazing band of volunteers.
Trainees also have the opportunity to work towards qualifications in food hygiene and first aid in collaboration with Action For Life.