CELEBRATIONS for the Queen's Jubilee were marked in Cambuslang with an afternoon tea.
Long after Jamie Oliver moved on to other projects, Routes to Work South (RTWS) and Motherwell College joined forces to create a Jamie’s Kitchen-type project in Cambuslang.
The partnership created a programme which trains unemployed people for jobs in the hospitality and catering industry.
Using The Works Café within Cambuslang Training and Enterprise Centre as a cookery classroom, the partnership offers unemployed people hands-on training and formal qualifications to help them find work in the growing catering sector.
All the training takes place in The Works Café, which is open to the general public.
Delivered by Motherwell College, the trainees offer a sit-in and takeaway service from 8.30am to 3.30pm, Monday to Friday.
The budding chefs make everything fresh and provide cooked breakfast and lunch for their customers.
They also serve Starbucks Coffee throughout the day and customers can enjoy freshly-made home baking with their coffee.
Commenting on the success of the partnership, Jacqui Taylor, RTWS support services manager, said: “This is a partnership designed to give local unemployed people the skills to find employment in catering.
“Motherwell College offer trainees first class training in a working kitchen, while Routes to Work South’s excellent employability services help ensure the trainees find jobs on completion of their training.
“For unemployed people interested in working in catering it is an excellent opportunity to undertake training which helps them find employment.”
As part of their work, the trainees offered a jubilee afternoon tea on May 31, with freshly-made sandwiches, cakes and scones, and a new menu offering a range of hot and cold snacks.
A spokesman added: “It went really well.
“We had a fantastic turnout, and we’ve had nothing but good comments about how fabulous it was. They all really enjoyed their food.”
Anyone who is unemployed and interested in training to work in the catering industry should contact Routes to Work South on 0141 646 0500.