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Skills Coach (Catering)

Job description
An exciting opportunity has arisen! We are looking for someone to run the healthy eating project at Little Gate, a charity providing employment support and training to adults with learning disabilities and autism. This role will predominantly involve the running of our kitchen, supporting our trainees to develop both the practical skills and employability skills required for paid work – helping the trainees to reach their full potential and transforming lives!

Job title: Skills coach (catering)

Department: Little Gate Farm

Responsible to: Senior Project Leaders

Job purpose

  • To enable adults with learning disabilities and autism (trainees) to make significant personal progress in preparation for paid employment.
  • To identify trainees’ skills and aspirations to successfully place them into paid employment.
  • To run the kitchen, supporting trainees to prepare lunch for around 20 people.
  • Running workshops with trainees in catering, housekeeping and customer service skills in preparation for paid work.

Main duties – catering

  • Run the kitchen, leading groups of trainees in the hygienic preparation, delivery and serving of lunch to approximately 20 people.
  • Support trainees in the daily cleaning of the kitchen and ensuring the kitchen and equipment is cleaned to a high standard.
  • Support trainees in monitoring fridge stock rotation and quality control.
  • Manage ordering, receipt, and storage of groceries.
  • Be responsible for food hygiene and maintaining high levels of cleanliness within the catering and housekeeping groups.

Main duties – other areas

  • Plan, prepare and deliver activities for the trainees, ensuring progress is planned and assessed daily, over the medium and longer term.
  • Ensure trainee learning is focused on developing employment skills, particularly those that may act as a barrier to employment.
  • Ensure trainees are kept safe and adequately supervised and supported to achieve their potential.
  • Encourage trainee participation and motivation in activities and discourage learned helplessness.
  • Work flexibly and creatively to develop new activities and goals that are engaging and motivating and work towards meeting the overall aims of the project.
  • Build positive relationships between farm teams/volunteers and trainees and promote full trainee participation in all activities.
  • Create a goal-focused, positive environment where achievements are celebrated, and mistakes are learnt from.

We will support you to take part in opportunities to boost your own learning and continuous professional development

Salary and hours

  • £10 an hour.
  • Monday – Friday (part time hours can be discussed for the right candidate).
  • 9am-5pm.
  • You may be asked occasionally to work outside of these hours, with agreement.

Important dates

  • Closing date 10/02/22



  • A satisfactory health record and criminal record check

Knowledge and experience:

Essential – 

  • Experience supporting adults with learning disabilities or autism
  • Experience running a kitchen environment
  • Level 2 food hygiene certificate

Desirable – 

  • Experience in supported employment
  • Experience teaching/coaching


Essential – 

  • Knowledge and experience in Word
  • The candidate must be able to get themselves to the farm, transport cannot be provided by Little Gate
  • Good communication skills

Desirable –

  • Skills and licence to drive the minibus
  • Knowledge and experience in Excel


  • Working in a creative, adaptive environment
  • Passionate about enabling adults with learning disabilities and autism to fulfil their potential
  • Enjoy a varied role

Personal qualities:

  • Organised
  • Empathetic
  • Team-player


  • Driving License (preferred)

Please send all applications (including your CV and Cover Letter) to

A horticulture-based role is also available, please see the other jobs advertised on our page