Catering & Hospitality

Work and learn at our friendly and popular cafe

Would you like to learn how to prepare good, tasty organic food? Would you like to be able to make the perfect mug of fresh coffee? Perhaps you would like to learn how to cook for yourself in order to become more independent. Or maybe you would just like to meet and serve people who come into the cafe.

The Sharpthorne Organic Café provides the setting for the catering workshop at Pericles. Students learn important skills that are not only essential in the Café environment, but also in their home life.

Training is provided in the following areas:

  • Food preparation (cakes, light lunches etc)
  • Professional coffee making
  • Food Safety and Hygiene
  • Customer care (waiting tables, using the till)
  • Health and Safety

Young client preparing coffee at the cafe


Our students are fully integrated into Café life; each one is a valued member of our team. Each student has a tailored learning plan that enables them to learn in their own way and at their own pace ensuring that they achieve their highest potential. These skills are used and practiced in a real working environment, giving the students opportunities to progress in ways that may not be so easy to find elsewhere.

We also have supported work experience placements from local specialist further education establishments and via Support To Work schemes. Placement can be a pathway into entry level qualification with a local college if required.

Our students are proud of what they achieve in the Café and we are glad to help them achieve their goals.