Welcome to
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.

Our building itself dates back to the 1830s and was originally owned by British Rail. It was linked to the Innocent Railway line, which provided an amazing railway network throughout the Lothian’s, mainly transporting goods and, later on, people around the city and region. This was a building in the heart of a busy community with an important role to play. We like to think that the Engine Shed continues to have an important role to play in the community today.

Cafe opening hours are Monday - Saturday 10am till 4pm.

Outside Catering information available via work areas, outside catering.