October 2018

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The Buttery is one of the most well known restaurants in Scotland - a real Glaswegian institution! Two Fat Ladies at the Buttery was created in 2007 and has a relaxed old-school feel of a by-gone era. The atmosphere is unrivalled - you just won't want to leave!

One of Glasgow’s best-loved and most enduring restaurants, the Buttery has gone from strength to strength since becoming part of the Two Fat Ladies group. The interior celebrates formal Scottish luxury, with oak and mahogany, stained glass and tartan carpet bringing a unique intimate feel to the bar and the dining room, whilst still keeping a relaxed atmosphere.

We are delighted to announce them as Employer of the Month for October.

Ryan James, managing director the Buttery and chairman of the Glasgow Restauranteurs Association, knows that investing in young people and recruiting the right people into his business is crucial to its success. Young people can bring enthusiasm, creativity and fresh ideas.

Ryan works with DYW to support school work placements, his chefs deliver workshops including knife skills and chef demonstrations in schools, as well as offering work place tours so young people can see the different roles within the restaurant.

These ad hoc activities ensure that he is promoting his industry to the next generation and ensuring that Hospitality is seen as an attractive career option for young people.

Amy McKinley, 21, joined the Buttery through Skills Development Scotland’s Certificate of Work Readiness programme in in 2013 which involved undertaking a short placement with an employer. The Buttery were more than happy to support the scheme, which is aimed at giving young people work experience and help gain the skills to help them move into employment.

Amy exceeded Ryan’s expectations during the placement and offered her a full time job in as a commis chef. Now the establishment’s senior chef de partie, she commented: “I was originally meant to take on a Front of House role for my placement, but I was really keen to be in the kitchen, so I started as a commis chef.

“I love my job, the best thing about it is learning new things every day. It can be busy and hectic, but I’ve built great relationships with my colleagues so I know I can depend on them and they can count on me too.

“I didn’t really know what I wanted to do when I left school, but now I know that the excitement of the kitchen is the best place for me.”

Ryan James “We work closely with DYW to take on young people from a variety of employability schemes. It’s a one-stop service, and makes the whole process so much simpler for us to invest in and help young people, which is really important to us as a business.

“We are also lucky to have funding support Glasgow Guarantee, which paid 50 per cent of Amy’s salary for her first year with us. Having Amy as a colleague is a pleasure, she is an absolute star. When she started she was just happy to be given an opportunity, and she’s grown into quite a force to be reckoned with in the kitchen!”

Great work, Two Fat Ladies!

October 2018

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