Training Academy


We believe that all young people have the right to be able to reach their full potential and access a job that gives them independence. We recognise that some young people have a number of challenges to overcome so that they can get into work.

At The Larder cook school we aim to work with young people between the ages of 14 and 19 who may find it difficult to get a job and who need some additional support. We work with them to build their confidence, support them to gain skills and work experience and find work when they are ready. 

We are committed to developing training and employability programmes with young people that meet individual needs and have individual successes. Our programmes will teach young people both the employability skills required to gain and sustain a job alongside the basic, practical skills required to work in the hospitality sector.

Through a range of partners across West Lothian and beyond we aim to place young people in a working environment that will give them experience and help them move into further education or work.

Please see below for details of training currently running.

Hospitality Skills programme 14 to 16 years

Qualifications gained over one academic year:

  • West Lothian Employability Award National 4 or 5 plus

  • National 4 units: Working in a professional Kitchen and working front of house

  • REHIS Elementary Food Hygiene

The Hospitality Skills Programme equips each student with qualifications, confidence, skills and work experience to work in the Hospitality sector.  The West Lothian Employability Award incorporates core skills, work experience and personal development to provide a person centred learning experience.

The Larder has pulled together the West Lothian Employability Award with two National 4 units; Working Front of House and Working in a professional kitchen, to create a bespoke Hospitality Skills package that includes:

  • Front of House

  • Customer Service

  • Introduction to professional cookery

  • Barista training

  • EPOS Till training and cash handling

  • 40 hrs work placements within The Larder and with partner employers across West Lothian

  • REHIS Elementary Food Hygiene Certificate

  • Employability skills including CV writing, job search and interview skills

The programme lasts for one academic year for one day per week and will provide skills and experience to take students into food retail, catering, hospitality and other related jobs in hospitality.  Many of the skills are transferable to other sectors.

Selection criteria will include:

  • An interest in the food and hospitality sectors.

  • A willingness to commit to the programme, to attend regularly and to seriously explore options for progression.

  • A willingness to participate in hands on food preparation and kitchen work

Application and selection for interview process:

Applications for this programme will be made through staff at participating schools and other supporting staff teams. Successful applicants will be invited to an informal meeting to discuss the course, providing an opportunity for the young person and Larder staff to find out more about each other.

Participants will be those who are likely to leave school in the next 1-2 years without a positive destination.  An interest in hospitality is desirable but not essential. Priority will be given to young people who have a family history of unemployment or who face multiple barriers to securing sustainable employment.

Successful candidates will be offered a place with those that are unsuccessful being offered feedback and signposting to other organisations that may be able to support them.

Programme Delivery: Delivery of the programme will be in our bespoke training kitchen in Bellsquarry, Livingston, although occasional travel for visits elsewhere will be involved.  

Programme dates: Each academic year

The maximum number of candidates on each programme will be between 8 and 10.

Please contact with any enquiries.

Download a brochure here.

The Hospitality Skills PROGRAMME is supported by:


The Larder is committed to supporting young people into employment within the hospitality industry.

If you have a suggestion for future programmes or want to discuss what support we could offer you please get in touch using the details opposite.

Lynne Wishart
Training Manager

Telephone: 01506 412819


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