THE staff at Skills Development Scotland are given plenty food for thought when they put on conferences and training courses at their offices, in Paisley.
For, thanks to a catering company called Knibbles – a social enterprise business at Paisley’s Kibble Education and Care Centre – a top-class buffet lunch is served up.
Knibbles has recently won a contract to provide food for the Skills Development Scotland team based in the former Renfrewshire Enterprise building, in Causeyside Street, Paisley.
Knibbles – which is part of a series of social enterprises under the KibbleWorks umbrella providing employment training for care leavers – not only cooks hot and cold lunches for Kibble staff on a daily basis, but also provides an outside catering service.
KibbleWorks enterprise manager, Jim Mullan, said: “We’re delighted to have won the contract to provide food for Skills Development Scotland. Knibbles can cater for anything from a small lunch for half-a-dozen people to a much larger event for 100 people.
“We aim to provide a top-class catering service and we realise that you are only as good as your last portion of pakora, tray of sandwiches or platter of satay.
“When people use Knibbles for their catering they not only get the tastiest food, but they are helping young people get vital job training to set them on their way in life.”
Claire McInally is a team leader at Skills Development Scotland, in Paisley. She said: “We had an outside agency hosting an event on our premise and they were using KibbleWorks for the catering.
“We were so impressed that we decided to use KibbleWorks ourselves.”
Under the watchful eye of chef, Alex Dow young people who have attended Kibble get the chance to learn catering skills with on-the-job training, which can lead to a recognised national qualification.
Alex explained: “The young person works in a fully-functional kitchen and will learn a range of practical skills to take to their next job.
“This includes, including food preparation, service delivery, kitchen cleaning and maintenance. They will also benefit from a number of soft skills including time management, customer service, team work, and working under pressure.
“After a time, the young person will take sole responsibility for preparing external buffets, from preparation to presentation.”
Kibble is the largest multi-service centre in the United Kingdom specialising in work with young people at risk. It provides community outreach, residential care, secondary education, intensive fostering, secure care and employment training for care leavers delivered through a portfolio of social enterprises.
It employs more than 400 staff and is one of the top six employers outside the public sector in Renfrewshire. Boys from all over Scotland are referred to Kibble by the courts, the Children’s Hearing system and local authorities.
KibbleWorks is the social enterprise and job training wing of the organisation and its businesses provide work experience to boys including warehousing; joinery; metal fabrication; promotional products; gardening, catering, car mechanics and office furniture recycling in conjunction with environmental charity, Green Works.
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