Students hone hospitality skills at The Wee Scone cafe in Cumbernauld

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A new initiative between Glencryan School and New College Lanarkshire is helping students make the transition into further education or employment – while benefiting the local community.

Students enrolled on the Introduction to Practical Workplace Skills course in the Faculty of Supported Learning are operating a café at St Mungo’s Parish Church in Cumbernauld’s town centre.

Known as ‘The Wee Scone’, the café is open for breakfast, lunch and afternoon teas from 10am until 2pm on Wednesdays during term-time.

The realistic working environment is designed to give young people with additional support needs the chance to develop professional cookery, numeracy, literacy and enterprise skills that could pave the way to employment in the hospitality industry or further study at the College.

The nine students who are enrolled on the pilot course study classroom-based activities at our Cumbernauld Campus two days per week in addition to a day spent at the cafe.

Louise Canavan, Depute Head Teacher at Glencryan School, who is responsible for co-ordinating post-school transitions, said: “The focus of this is to provide a platform in the area of hospitality to help create a pathway that will allow students to move into employment.

“The course design that the College has produced is fantastic and they have been very flexible to link into the individual abilities of the young people to provide them with opportunities to develop their skills.

“This pilot course runs from January to June, and it’s going to be open to continuing and new students starting in August.”

Claire Campleman, Curriculum and Quality Leader, said: “On the two days that students are in the College, they are working on Hospitality Skills for Work at National 4 level, REHIS (Royal Environmental Health Institute of Scotland), some employability units, core skills and a bit of gastronomy – it’s quite a varied course.

“Next academic year, we hope to introduce the Certificate of Work Readiness (CWR) so that it enhances their employability skills even further.”

To book a table at the Wee Scone café, please call 07881 944864. View the menu here.

Read more about the course here:

Introduction to Practical Employment Skills

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