Supported Employment Programme

The Supported Employment Programme provides people with experience of homelessness the opportunity to gain paid work and develop skills in a supportive and professional environment.  In our commercial kitchen, trainees develop their skills in food preparation and customer service.  They also have access to individual personal & professional development planning, and accredited training in a variety of topics.

Trainees can progress through the programme according to their own individual circumstances.  Each stage of the programme offers new opportunities for training and support:

The Try It Stage

Trainees learn the basics of food preparation and working in a commercial kitchen.  This stage is unpaid, however travel costs are reimbursed.  After completing this stage, the trainee and the Café Training Manager will take a view whether to progress to the next stage.

The Dive In Stage

Trainees participating in the Dive In stage serve food to the general public, and learn about the operations of a commercial kitchen.  They can choose to work on a personal development plan if they wish.  Dive In trainees are reimbursed at £8.21 per hour plus holiday pay, typically working 15 hours per week split into 3 x 5 hour shifts.  According to their circumstances, the trainee and the Café Training Manager may choose to continue to the next stage.

The Get Ahead Stage

This stage offers trainees additional training opportunities, such as food hygiene levels 1-3, interview training, and other specialised topics according to the goals of the trainee.  Our specialist employability coach is available to support with practicalities such as CVs, job searches, and career planning.  Reimbursement and working hours are the same as the Dive in stage.

Throughout the programme, participants have access to regular support and supervision from our Café Training Manager, as well as food and refreshments.  On successful completion of each stage, a reference can be provided.

To be eligible for the programme, candidates must:

  • be over 18 years of age
  • have experienced some form of homelessness within the past 3 months (must not be currently sleeping rough)
  • be seeking to improve their employment prospects
  • have been free from substance misuse for 3 months
  • be willing to learn, and to work as part of a diverse team


To apply

Please email [email protected]

If you would like to refer someone you are working with please complete a referral form and send it to [email protected]. Feel free to get in touch for more information.