The Cook School project features a range of cookery classes and community meal events designed and led by young people for others in the community. It will build on our current training project where trainees and former trainees who now work for OOTB are learning new skills and gaining experience which will help them earn a living through cooking and cookery teaching. Skills learned will enable them to pursue jobs, business start-ups or further education.
The young people involved are developing a programme of inclusive, innovative and collaborative opportunities where members of the community will learn to cook (through a cooking class programme). They will also plan and deliver community meal events.
The workshops and enterprise development will be hands on and informative. The workshops will be an informal and engaging way for people to learn about food and learn cooking skills. Longer term placements will provide the skills needed to pursue work opportunities in cafes and restaurants. It is also a good way for young people to explore catering as a career and can lead to college courses or in work qualifications like SVQs in hospitality and professional cooking.
Our workshop leaders will be young team members who developed their skills with us and are now at a point where they are keen and confident to share their expertise with others. Overall the young people involved in the project will gain skills and confidence and take part in a community-based project which connects and contributes to that community. An aim of the project is that young people involved will gain important work skills in a bustling social enterprise which could lead to jobs in the industry or inspire them to start up a venture on their own.
The Urban Cook School brand will be to be rolled out as a new OOTB social enterprise.
The project is supported by the Scottish Government and Out of the Blue Productions.
The first workshops are FREE and take place on Sunday 12th of January with Baking Basics – and Simple Soups on Sunday 19th January. Click here for more info.