Cafe Leep, on Roundhay Road, is a community cafe that offers disabled people an NVQ Level 2 in food safety. The YEP understands that it is currently the only cafe in Leeds to do so.
From food prepping and customer service to checking the temperature of the fridges and replacing stock, the trainees do it all. Angie Marshall, manager at Cafe Leep, said: “They run the cafe, we just support them.”
Trainees spend 18 to 24 months working one shift a week at the cafe. After closing up, the trainees get stuck in with presentations and kahoot quizzes for their exam – with all learning material made by the cafe.