As a Switch Now co-worker you will wear a grey logoed uniform: polo top, sweatshirt, hoodie or fleece. You will arrive between 9-9:15am 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. This is planned in advance. You may spend all day off site, 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, as well as relevant PPE.
Your day will always start with a briefing of the plan for the day and end with you completing a reflection sheet to review your learning.
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 a variety of enterprise projects, upcycling items or completing requested orders. 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 may be from a member of staff or a co-worker as we encourage peer support.
In the training kitchen you could be preparing food for co-worker and staff lunches, supporting local community charities or simply learning important life and transferable skills like budgeting, making meals, washing, etc.
We make lunches to order, for a variety of companies and organisations.
Switch Now Catering
We offer catering and hospitality to businesses, this includes cakes, buffets and afternoon teas, which meet special dietary requirements. Please email us for more details.
Community projects off site
You may go out to work at one of our many community projects around the St Neots area. These include: The Farm, The Chilli Farm, Paxton Pits, Riverside Miniature Railway, The Pightle, the allotment and more!
These will all teach you a variety of skills, with the opportunity to be part of the local community, work together and most importantly use your safety knowledge.
You may spend some of your day working on your qualifications on site. We deliver a variety of work-focused qualifications through Cambridgeshire Skills. We can also support you to gain specialist job-specific qualifications.