Training Programmes and Work Placement and Experience schemes

Guidepostsruns a number of innovative supported training projects and work placement and work experience schemes based in our catering outlet, Shortcrust, in Atherstone and the Community Café in Nuneaton city centre. We work with schools, colleges and people in the community to offer our schemes, which are specially designed to offer training and experience in the workplace. The schemes are open to anyone who wants to learn more about creating menus and cooking great food. Everyone who wants to learn more about catering is welcome, including those who have a learning difficulty, a mental health issue, or lack communication skills.

Shortcrust training provides:

  • real work training and real work experience
  • an opportunity to gain vocational and transferable skills in a real work environment
  • catering and hospitality skills
  • retail and customer service skills
  • communication and social skills
  • a friendly, supportive and hard-working environment
  • experience of team-work
  • skills and confidence and support in seeking work

Many of our trainees have successfully entered paid employment on completion of their training.

Shortcrust training and our work placement and experience schemes give people an insight into what work is all about, and offers a step towards leading an independent life.

Jessica’s Story

Jessica came to Shortcrust from school on a work placement. She had always been very shy, and found school-life difficult and was not achieving as much as she could have with the right support. In a few weeks at Shortcrust, Jessica’s social skills really improved and she gained confidence and really enjoyed feeling and being part of a team. As a result of her training experience at Shortcrust, Jessica went on to get a job in a café in one of Nuneaton’s leading stores. Jessica is just one example of how Shortcrust supports people to gain and sustain independence and participate fully in their own lives and the life of our community.


Shortcrust offers a 10-week cookery programme which allows people to learn or improve their culinary skills. The course will teach you:

  • preparation of food
  • personal hygiene
  • health & safety in the kitchen
  • knife skills
  • cooking skills
  • menu planning
  • how to shop for fresh, healthy and appetising ingredients on a budget

The course leads towards the student planning and cooking a full two-course luncheon.

All students who finish the course are issued with a certificate of completion, which can count towards an NVQ qualification.

Contact Shortcrust on: 0773 876 8265

Our Feedback

‘Thank you for having me. I got some really good ideas of what I would like to do in the future in catering. It was a really enjoyable experience.’ (JL, Nuneaton)

‘I really enjoyed work experience at the café. You have all been very kind and helpful.’ (RT, who has a learning disability)

‘Your time and extra effort is so very much appreciated and a valuable part of a young person’s development and career choice.’ (Leicestershire Education Business Company)

‘Thank you for making work experience such a positive and rewarding one. Under your caring and tutelage students have really blossomed and their sense of initiative and self-confidence has visibly increased.’ (Round Oak School and Support Service)

‘Thank you so much for providing such a fantastic work placement and training. The students are very sad it has come to an end.’ (Warwickshire College)

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