Skills for Work

Are you currently out of work and education?
Are you looking to begin your journey into employment and training?

The Larder offers a free 10-week training programme to those who are unemployed and looking to start their journey into work and training. We have a wide choice of sector training available and provide different steps depending on what your needs are.

Our programmes support individuals to build confidence, develop life skills, gain qualifications and help you seek work experience or employment when you are ready.

We deliver our programmes through a range of online and face to face support with 24/7 access to our online learning platform.

Aged 16 or 17?
You could receive a weekly training allowance whilst participating on one of our courses.

Over 18?
Not too worry, you can still retain benefits whilst you are training with us

Have a look at our available courses and qualifications below and sign up for a course today!

What we offer:

  •  Individual learning plan
  •  Tailored 1-1 coaching to help you set and achieve your goals
  •  Qualifications
  •  Health and wellbeing
  •  Access to digital support
  •  Work experience
  •  Referrals to support services
  •  Pathways to college
  •  One to one support with CV writing, job applications and mock interviews

Skills for Work Courses & Qualifications

This National Progression Award introduces learners to techniques that are important in professional cookery. It develops practical, technical and transferable skills in food preparation and cooking. It covers areas such as food hygiene, food preparation techniques, cookery processes and organisational skills.

The NPA in Professional Cookery at SCQF level 3,4 and 4 is suitable for those currently attending school, or for adult returners who have no formal qualification in catering and may lead to employment in hospitality or next steps to College.

The Food Hygiene course enables learners to develop basic knowledge and understanding of the main requirements of food safety legislation, including:

  • Personal hygiene
  • Safe food handling practices
  • Food allergens

This course is suitable for learners with no previous experience.

  • learners who have just left school
  • individuals who are currently in employment and who wish to obtain a formal qualification
  • employees who wish to obtain short, continuing professional development courses

Working in a  Professional Kitchen at SCQF level 3,4 and 5 is suitable for those currently attending school, or for adult returners or young trainees who have no formal qualification in catering and may lead to employment in hospitality or next steps to College.

Working Front of House at SCQF level 3,4 and 4 is suitable for those currently attending school, or for adult returners or young trainees who have no formal qualification in catering and may lead to employment in hospitality or next steps to College.

This course is designed to enable learners to develop basic knowledge, understanding and technical skills required for the role of a barista. The unit covers how to operate specialist equipment to prepare and serve coffee and a variety of other drinks.

This course is suitable for learners with no previous experience who wish to obtain a basic knowledge of barista skills eg:

  • S3 – S6 Students
  • School Leaver
  • Adult returners to education
  • Trainees preparing for employment
  • Employees studying as part of a continuing professional programme

The West Lothian Employability Award is an introduction to the world of work for those who are unsure about how to gain and sustain employment. It is available at SCQF level 3, 4 and 5. The course focuses on generic employability skills, to enable a successful move into the job market. Candidates will develop skills and attitudes which will be applicable across all areas of employment. They will also have the opportunity to develop Core Skills and Personal Development

The West Lothian Employability Award may appeal to a wide range of candidates, including:

  • S3–S6 pupils, to improve their employability skills
  • Young people entering or have recently entered the world of work for the first time
  • adults returning to education who are preparing to make the transition into work

The Employability Award is an introduction to the world of work for those who are unsure about how to gain and sustain employment. It is available at SCQF level 3 and level 4. The course focuses on generic employability skills, to enable a successful move into the job market. Candidates will develop skills and attitudes which will be applicable across all areas of employment.

The Employability Award may appeal to a wide range of candidates, including:

  • S3–S6 pupils, to improve their employability skills
  • Young people entering or have recently entered the world of work for the first time
  • adults returning to education who are preparing to make the transition into work
  • school leavers
  • adult returners to education
  • individuals in employment who wish to enhance their career prospects
  • people who wish to start their own business

The five Core Skills are the skills most needed in many work environments. Jobs require some level of ability in some or all of these transferrable skills.

Communications
Numeracy
Working with Others
Problem Solving
ICT

Personal Development Awards aim to help learners become more independent and to develop their potential as contributing members of their societies.  They provide an opportunity to explore individual skill and ability levels as well as build on softer skills.

Learners will develop self-reliance, self-esteem and confidence through supported and independent learning. Personal Development Awards are available at the Larder at SCQF levels 2 to 5.

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