Jack's Story

Jack showed himself to be a capable, skilled and highly employable worker. He joined our Café work experience programme last year, having had previous experience on some of our Rural Skills courses. During our transitioning out process, he expressed a keen interest in specific work experience in our café.  He was enrolled onto the programme and was very quickly contributing to the café team both front-of-house and in the kitchen.  Jack showed a very strong work ethic and quickly learnt and improved his performance against each of the tasks he was assigned.  Jack often spoke to our customers about what work and training he was engaged in and what his plans were once his time in the cafe was complete, a great role model for all to see.

Not long after beginning work in the cafe, Jack (with assistance initially) planned his own travel arrangements to and from Cantraybridge. He was soon commuting independently to work and enjoying this new freedom.  This new skill also enabled him to work on a weekend when our college transport is not operating.

Towards the end of his work experience programme our Transitions Out Worker supported him to identify an external work  placement in a large busy hotel's coffee shop and assisted him to attend an interview.  After completing a short assessment period he was offered work over the holiday season.  The hotel management were particularly impressed that Jack had obtained a REHIS certificate in Food Hygiene, this was an important factor in their consideration of Jack as a potential employee.

Jack's training and experience in our Cafe had a significant impact on building his self-confidence as well as his skills and enabled him to successfully manage his work commitments and to retain this job beyond the end of the holiday season.  

Jack is now back working in our cafe on a short term contract and is a highly valued member of the team, why not have a chat with him if you are ever in, he'd love that.

Supporting young adults to reach their potential

About the College

Cantraybridge promotes the skills and talents of young people with disabilities. We champion the rights of young people by creating opportunities to learn and grow.


We support our students to develop skills equipping them for work. We empower our young people through a managed transition from college to enhance their employability.

Independent Living

We provide accommodation for 20 students attending College. Residents develop their independent living skills whilst they are here in preparation for living in a place of their own.

Cantraybridge Cafe and Venue Hire

Our Cafe and Venue Hire, Market Garden and the visitor facilities at our Aviary department. We are open from Monday to Friday 10.00 pm - 3.00 pm

Latest news from Cantraybridge

11th January 2018

Job Vacancy

We are currently recruiting a Independent Living Workers and an Enterprise Trainer to join our team.  To apply, please see our apply section of our website.

4th December 2017

Visit from Junior World

What a day! Children from Junior World, Nairn, were left wide eyed at the animals they saw and touched at Cantraybridge College today. The visit came about as one of...