The Larder Cook School Is a Social enterprise who provide vocational training for teenagers that are experiencing multiple barriers, gaining access into employment; offering hospitality training, including: chef training, barista training and front of house training; all of which are aimed at increasing workplace competency. The Larder, a very customer facing enterprise, proudly supports this work by selling an array of products and events to corporate customers and, the general public.
The cook school offers, courses to disadvantaged young people, aiming to develop both hard and soft skills required for employment; moving the youngsters on to positive pathways. The courses The Larder provide, equips each of their students with qualifications, confidence, skills, and work experience; giving them the tools to begin a career in hospitality or move on to further training at college. The nature of the cook schools courses, mean they are packed with life skills that happen to be required for hospitality, these include: cooking, cleaning, budgeting, and interacting with people in a variety of contexts.
The cook school has also offered free over 50’s classes and good, well priced afterschool care to help teach West Lothian how to cook. All of these programs require a degree of volunteering to be successful and affordable for the registered charity. So The Larder is always looking for volunteers to join their team.
Volunteering is essential for The Larder to provide additional community support; meaning they are continually looking for volunteers to help them achieve their social goals. The Larder’s Volunteer Programme already supports their young students with a mentoring program during their course. The Volunteers also enable the cook school to provide other opportunities like, the Free over 50’s Class, aimed at teaching the over 50’s in our community to cook good, fresh food on a budget.
The Larder has a growing commercial enterprise; selling cookery classes to the general public and corporate customers. There is something for everybody at the Larder as they cater for all needs. They cover everything from school holiday fun for children, themed “Cook and Dine” evenings, wine and gin tastings, cocktail nights, and even advanced cookery classes for the serious foodie, all the way up to Their corporate effort; which has seen them provide innovative team building and social experiences for various local businesses and exciting events at places like Braehead Shopping Centre.