As a co-worker at Switch Now you will wear a grey polo t-shirt and grey fleece. You will arrive between 9-9:30am so you can get yourself settled, make yourself a drink, catch up with the other co-workers and be ready for the working day to start at 9:30am.
There is a board with a plan for the day and you can find your initials to see where you are working as you may be working somewhere different in the morning and afternoon. You many spend all day off site and, if so, you will eat your lunch where you are working. You can bring your own boots in to wear or we have plenty you can borrow.
Your day will always start with a briefing of the plan for the day and end with you completing a reflection sheet.
The main things to remember are to work as a team, think about health and safety and learn new skills.
Here are a few of the places you may work throughout the day:
In the workshop you will work on enterprise projects such as building bird tables, upcycling items or requests. Working in here means thinking about working safely and remembering your PPE.
You will always be shown how to use a tool or how to do the job correctly- this maybe from a member of staff or a co-worker as we encourage peer support.
In the training kitchen you may be preparing food for the Switch Now café or you may be helping with cake orders. There is time to practice your new skills. You may also go shopping for ingredients at the start of the day.
Switch Now café
At the café you will make and serve a wide selection of delicious, freshly baked cakes, lunches to order and a variety of drinks.
The Switch Now café is open on Thursday and Friday 10:30am – 2pm at The Hub ( Little Paxton, St Neots, Cambs, PE19 6QY)
You may have worked in the kitchen earlier in the week to prepare the food. You will help to take orders, serve customers, make drinks and food requests. The main thing to remember is hygiene and of course a smile for the customers.
We also make cakes to order for a special occasion or a family treat! They are also delivered locally for free. As a guide, we need 2 weeks notice to make a sponge cake and 4 weeks for a fruit cake. If you like the look of the selection below, please email us!
Community projects off site
You may go out to one of our many community projects around the St Neots area. These include: working at Southoe Farm, Paxton Pits, Miniature Railway or the allotments.
These will all teach you a variety of skills, opportunity to be part of the local community, work together and most important use your safety knowledge.
You may spend some of your day working on your qualifications on site.