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Factory Floor Catering School

A specialist training kitchen for adults with learning disabilities within Aspace2 facilities and situated in Campsie Business Park.

The Factory Floor Catering school

A specialist catering training school for young adults with ASD, learning, physical and or sensory disabilities, 

At our Catering School we develop a personalised holistic programme for each trainee with a clear roadmap of progression. 

Trainees can choose to train in the catering school for two or up to 5 days

Trainees may also choose a blended training programme, choosing between the catering training school and the day opportunities training programme.

NVQ Hospitality and Pathway to Life Vocational 

Tutors teach you in the real environment of the Factory Floor Coffee Shop (hyper link) at Aspace2 Campsie and/or The Alley Theatre Coffee Shop in Strabane (hyper link) , both of which are open to the public . 

From day one, you will gain skills in food service, food preparation and front of house training. 

You will also work in depth on health and safety, teamwork and customer care skills, with the opportunity to complete a recognised food hygiene award. 

You will also learn transferrable life skills and develop new friendships.

The Aspace2 team will work with you, your family and your Social worker to ensure that you can achieve your potential and to enter into the world of work if you so choose.

Our Values

We are supportive -. We take seriously our responsibility for the people in our service and are committed to making their time with us as positive and fulfilling as possible.

We are ambitious – We have high expectations of all our trainees, regardless of what barriers they may have faced in the past. We encourage them to expect more for themselves, while challenging employers and communities to understand and value their diverse needs and attributes.

We are trainee led – Everything we do, we do in partnership with the trainees and the multi-professional team. We actively seek and listen to feedback from trainees, parents and staff, to find out what’s working well, what we can do better, and how we can further develop all our services to benefit the people we work with.

We are trusted – We work in partnership with the Western Health & Social Services Trust. We understand that sustainable growth is possible only when we hold ourselves to the highest standards, by delivering consistently top-quality services to every single person we work with.

We are innovative – We begin planning for each trainee’s future the minute they walk through our doors. We tailor our approach to their unique needs and are constantly looking for new opportunities to help them explore, enhance and employ their own skills, talents and abilities.

Our Vision

Our vision is to CREATE an environment which supports adults with additional needs to LEARN the skills necessary to live an independent, purposeful lifestyle and GROW to make informed, fulfilling life choices in an age appropriate respectful and inclusive manner.

Courses available in the FF Catering School

  • NVQ Certificate in Hospitality Services Level 1 or 2 
  • Barista Training
  • Award in Food Safety Level 1 or 2 
  • Front of House training 

  Maths, English, ICT and Daily Living Skills

These core skills are taught directly throughout the programme and are embedded across practical and vocational aspects.

Employability Hub

We work closely with each trainee to understand their goals and aspirations and support them to make these a reality.

At FF, we have a key worker system to support trainees with work experience and their future options. 

Each trainee has a dedicated key worker who they can meet at any time to ask for advice and support with any aspect of employability or future education options. 

Trainees may be offered work experience placements in line with their interests and hopes for the future, if they so desire. 

Become ‘work ready, life ready’

Admissions process

The catering school at the FF welcomes referrals from young people and adults who have:

  • A learning disability
  • A physical disability
  • A diagnosis of Autism Spectrum Disorder.
  • A desire to work in the hospitality industry.

Referrals must be supported by a WHSCT Social Worker.

All placements are funded through the Self-directed Support model.

Download SDS Information Leaflet

Please contact us

For further information on a training placement or for a work experience placement for those who are 18years old and still at school.

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...Testimonials Filled with Happiness, Gratitude, and Smiles

Fantastic morning at Aspace2, Breakfast with Santa 🎅 A wonderful experience for the kids.. The morning was so well put together for all children to enjoy. Tina and the team thank you for a lovely morning. Amazing work and credit to you all xx

Today we celebrate my sons 2nd birthday and we started off at his favourite place, ASpace2. We have had had many visits here and I cannot thank the staff enough for all they do for Blake every time we visit , they go above and beyond to make sure everything is perfect & putting Blake’s favourite characters on the projector and songs through the speakers. Very family friendly and staff are very comforting . Definitely recommend, and we will be back lots more to make amazing memories with Blake 🤍

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