Become a Trainee

Fly Cup Catering supports adults with learning disabilities from the Aberdeenshire and Aberdeen areas into the hospitality sector. We often take on school leavers and therefore we also get the privilege of assisting young people on their journey into adulthood. This allows us, often over many years, to gain both trust and a real insight into creating a personalised training plan to support each trainee.

Our trainees are able to:

  • Access Training and Employment in Catering
  • Achieve Formal and Informal Qualifications
  • Develop Lifelong Independent Living Skills
  • Reduce Social Isolation
  • Increase Confidence and Self Esteem
  • Gain Employment Opportunities

Please contact us for information about applying to become a Fly Cup trainee.

Trainees Trainees

Training Programmes

We recognise that each trainee is unique and has differing needs, our training is therefore developed and adapted to fit with their level of learning by providing an individual training plan for each trainee.

Fly Cup offers the following training programmes:

  • Fly Cup’s own in-house module-based training
  • ASDAN Qualifications
  • Accredited SVQ Level 1 & 2 Food Preparation and Food Service
  • Elementary Food Hygiene Training

From the training and experience within a coffee shop, kitchen, bakery and office environment our trainees are able to develop social and life skills, these include:

  • Social skills
  • Build confidence
  • Experience of working as a member of a team
  • A basic understanding of the needs of others
  • Patience
  • Respect for fellow colleagues
  • An understanding of acceptable behaviour in a work environment
  • Life skills
  • Essential equipment for a domestic kitchen
  • Shopping for food
  • Healthy eating options
  • Interpreting food labels
  • Basic housekeeping
Trainees Trainees


Scottish Vocational Qualifications (SVQ)

To achieve an SVQ, candidates must prove that they have the ability to carry out their job to the required standard. SVQs are based on National Occupational Standards that describe the ‘competencies’ expected in any given job role. Typically, candidates will work towards an SVQ that reflects their role in a paid or voluntary position. For example someone working in an admin office role may take an SVQ in Business and Administration.

There are five levels of SVQ ranging from Level 1, which focuses on basic work activities, to Level 5 for senior management. At Fly Cup, we train up to Level 2 in Hospitality and Catering.

Level 1

Competence that involves the application of knowledge in the performance of a range of varied work activities, most of which are routine and predictable.

Level 2

Competence that involves the application of knowledge in a significant range of varied work activities, performed in a variety of contexts. Collaboration with others, perhaps through membership of a work group or team, is often a requirement.


ASDAN is an educational charity, providing flexible and engaging programmes and qualifications that help people of all ages and ability develop skills for learning, work and life.

ASDAN offers a variety of exciting and innovative curriculum programmes and materials that tutors can use in work based and other education or training environments. ASDAN programmes and qualifications motivates learners through short-term targets and regular recognition of achievement. ASDAN develops a wide range of core skills in young people, including teamwork, problem solving, communication, managing your own learning and performance, and conducting research. The programmes also allow for character traits to develop such as confidence, self-esteem, resilience and ambition.

ASDAN Modules

We use the ‘Towards Independence’ module at Fly Cup. It provides a framework of activities where personal, social and independence skills can be developed and accredited for those with moderate (MLD), severe (SLD) and profound and multiple learning difficulties (PMLD).


To provide a flexible programme that can meet the needs of a wide ability range. To offer formal recognition for small steps in achievement towards a larger goal. To offer a framework for progression.