The Engine Shed, Edinburgh
Employment for people with learning disabilities
The Engine Shed was established in 1989 as an innovative training project for people with learning disabilities to help them improve their confidence, learn transferable skills in a real work environment and move into paid employment within mainstream workplaces.
We achieve these objectives through operating as a social enterprise, this model providing the working and learning environment for our trainees. The businesses operating at the Engine Shed include a vegetarian café, organic bakery, organic tofu production and conference/catering facilities. These not only offer a training environment but successfully contribute financially to ensure the sustainability of the enterprise.
The philosophy that supports our work is based on the principles of Rudolf Steiner whose approach to human psychology and development highlights the uniqueness of each individual, whatever their situation.