Jack's Story

Jack joined our Café work experience programme last year, having had previous experience on some of our Rural Skills courses. During our transitioning out process, Jack expressed a keen interest in specific work experience in our café. He proved to be a capable, skilled and highly employable worker, very quickly contributing to the café team both front-of-house and in the kitchen.  Jack showed a very strong work ethic and quickly learned and improved his performance against each of the tasks he was assigned.  Our customers enjoy hearing from Jack about how he is getting on with his work and training, and abut his plans for the future. 

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.

Our Transitions Out Worker also supported Jack 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

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