Jack's Story

Jack showed himself to be a capable, skilled and highly employable worker.Jack joined our Cantray Park Café work experience programme last year.  Before joining, Jack had experience in some of our College Rural Skills courses and, in accordance with our transitioning out process, had expressed a keen interest in specific experience in the café.  Jack 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's approach to work and his consistent application to tasks allowed him to communicate with customers on a regular basis, explaining what work and training he was engaged in and what his plans were once training was complete.

Not long after joining and in order to satisfy his own requirements in attending the workplace, Jack (with assistance initially) planned his own travel arrangements into the café and was soon commuting independently to work.  This allowed  Jack to participate fully at weekends when our college transport is not operating.

Towards the end of the work experience programme our Transitions Worker helped Jack to identify an external work  placement and supported him to attend an interview in a coffee shop in a large, busy hotel in the Highlands.  Jack then  completed a short assessment period in the café and was been offered work over the holiday season as a result of his training.  The Coffee Shop was particularly keen to see that Jack had obtained a REHIS certificate and this was an important factor in their consideration of Jack as a potential employee.

Jack's training with Cantray Park Cafe had a significant impact on building his confidence in himself and his skills and this enabled Jack to successfully manage his work commitments and to retain his job beyond the end of the holiday season..  

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.

Social Enterprise

Our Social Enterprise includes Cantraybridge Cafe and Venue Hire, our Market Garden and the visitor facilities at our Aviary department. We are open from Monday to Friday 12pm - 2pm

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