Cooking classes help unemployed adults into the food industry

Trainees learning at the Square Food company
A trainee being taught at the Square Food Foundation

A Knowle West community cookery school is running free 10 week courses for unemployed adults starting this autumn.

Classes at the Square Food Foundation, based at the Park on Daventry Road, will cover basic hands-on cookery skills, food hygiene, as well as experience in kitchen and front of house.

Trainees ready for more extensive work experience will be offered placements within some of Bristol’s Good Food businesses. They may also be eligible for paid traineeships with Pluss, a social enterprise helping individuals with disadvantages to enter employment.

Community cookery teacher Catherine Forrester said: “The food industry in Bristol is so vibrant at the moment and it’s such an exciting area in which to work.

“In these courses we will use our experience of supporting community cookery, alongside our long-standing connections with Bristol’s Good Food businesses, to help more people in to work.”

The training will run on Wednesday afternoons, for two hours a week, at the Square Food Foundation Community Cookery School, based at the Park Centre in Knowle West and run from 5 October- 7 December.

The courses will start again from 18 January –22 March on Wednesdays from 12.30-2.30 pm – venue to be confirmed.

For further information visit or call 0117 904 6679.