The Makers Gallery & Bistro Training Programme

Education, Progression, Employability

 

The Makers Gallery & Bistro created training and enterprise opportunities for people experiencing barriers to employment and helped them move closer to the labour market. This included structured skill development, real on the job training and activities, work placements and individual support.

Trainees were offered placements in three areas – Bistro, Front of House or Gallery & Enterprise. In addition to the work experience and qualifications, trainees worked with parent company Reachout accessing mental health awareness, wellbeing workshops and member-led practical and emotional support.

The ethos and values of the training programme were:

           

  • Education, Progression & Employability

  • Helping people into work

  • Improving Health & Wellbeing to sustain
    employment

  • Access to Culture & Creativity

  • Enterprise in the Creative Industries

 

 

"I feel more confident than ever that I can find employment in the future."

 

"I am cooking more at home and my diet has really improved."

 

"I learned how to approach members of the public."

 

"I feel more valued as a person.."

 

Accredited Training
The Makers Gallery & Bistro was a fully approved REHIS training centre in Introduction to Food Hygiene, Elementary Food Hygiene and Elementary Cooking Skills. We also delivered  Elementary Food & Health. The Royal Environmental Health Institute of Scotland (REHIS) acts as the awarding body for a number of qualifications in Food Safety, Food and Health,Control of Infection and Occupational Health and Safety.

Catering as a Bistro Trainee 

  • Gaining accredited qualifications in Elementary: Food & Health, Cooking skills and Food Hygiene.

  • Working under the guidance of a professional chef

  • Learning everything from improved knife skills to producing quality dishes and cake baking and decoration.

  • Working as part of the kitchen team in a commercial bistro environment and on the development of enterprise projects.

 

Hospitality as a Front of House Trainee

  • Gaining accredited qualifications in Elementary: Food & Health, Cooking skills and Food Hygiene.

  • Working under the guidance of an experienced Front of House Supervisor.

  • Learning everything from improved table service to presentation and customer service skills. This included cash handling, operating a computerised till system and operation and maintenance of a coffee machine.

  • Working as part of the Front of House team in a commercial bistro environment, events and on the development of enterprise projects.

 

Creative, Retail & Business Skills as a Gallery & Enterprise Trainee

  • Gaining retail skills in stock management, product sourcing and merchandising in a commercial gallery environment.

  • Gaining business skills in marketing, administration and branding.

  • Working under the guidance of practising artists and designers.

  • Learn everything from product photography and Photoshop skills, to setting up and exhibiting art work and how to conduct market research.

  • Working as part of the Enterprise on income generating ideas and projects.

  • Identifying and developing creative potential. 

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