Outside the Box Works


'OTB Works' is an employment initiative available to our members who are ready to use their skills, training and experience gained from working in our busy café to progress into paid employment.

We deliver an 8 week Work Club,  in partnership with North Yorkshire Adult Learning and Skills Service, to help members prepare for work. It covers sessions on the world of work, CV development, meeting employers and learning disabled employees and interview preparation, boundaries and behaviours at work. 

We have successfully moved over 10 members into paid work opportunities and many other members into a variety of work placements, work experience, tasters and volunteering opportunities.


We are currently looking for all types local organisations, employers and businesses who can help our members to achieve their goal. We would love to hear from you if you can offer fact-finding visits, work taster sessions, work placements, relevant volunteering and paid employment, including short-term positions and one-off events. Full support, advice and training will be given as well as accreditation on the Outside the Box Charter and free local publicity.

Thank you to all the local businesses who have signed up to our charter and are helping make a great success of the Outside the Box Works Project.  With their support, our members are moving into paid work, meaningful work experience and work taster opportunities.


If your business or employer would like to get involved, learn more about the benefits to business of employing someone with a learning disability or meet some of our work-ready members then please get in touch.  We can provide training and information sessions free of charge.

Please find attached a copy of our latest OTB prospectus here.  


“Our Ilkley store has developed a great relationship with Outside the Box...and as a result we have gained three wonderful colleagues”



“It’s the effect it has on the whole team – it’s not just about work or money – it raises confidence and staff morale”

(Store Manager at Marks & Spencer on employing an OTB member)

“Before, I would have been terrified even thinking about working – but I am much happier to go for jobs now with their help. I have lots more confidence, I am customer friendly and can do more thaThe Ilkley Playhousen I thought I could.”

(OTB works member)


 Some of the employer we have been supported by include: The Black Hat Pub, Ilkley Booths, Ilkley Clarke Foley Centre, Ilkley,

M & S IlkleySpecsavers, Ilkley