Apprenticeships offer a year of training and coffee theory, with a paid full-time job placement for the young person and potential government incentives for the employer. Trainees must be between 16 and 24, have a British passport and not be enrolled in college or university. The year begins with an intensive induction to prepare new trainees for work placements. Then, students train one day per week while working in local coffee businesses for the rest of the week. For those lacking English or Maths GCSEs, functional skills courses in these subjects are included through PACA, a nearby college. One Church provides personal mentorship throughout the year from its team of youth workers, and a heavy emphasis is placed on interpersonal relationships and hospitality in the modern cafe. The curriculum includes five certificates from the Speciality Coffee Association (SCA), as well as sessions on business skills, green coffee sourcing, roasting, machine repair, water quality and tea. The entire programme is government funded and free to the apprentice and to the coffee employer.
Traineeships provide about 10 weeks of training and work experience as an entree to speciality coffee and full-time work whilst allowing coffee employers to assess a young person's potential. The training includes industry recognised certificates from the Speciality Coffee Association, unpaid part-time work placement in a cafe and an opportunity to gain real-world experience without a long term commitment. Employers can develop the next wave of coffee talent with no hard costs. This programme can serve as a ramp into apprenticeships, and qualification criteria are comparable.
We offer the well-known SCA-certified Barista Foundations course, with a twist: Training covers at least three sessions instead of just one, includes optional live experience on one of our coffee bars and is more affordable than the same course elsewhere, as long as applicants are unemployed and actively seeking work in speciality coffee. This course covers the basics of espresso preparation, milk texturing and machine use along with an introduction to theory. It's a focussed approach designed to help students quickly attain a proficient skill level for employment. Upon completion, graduates can sign up for a slot on our fast-paced pop-up coffee bars to put their new learning to use in a customer service environment. We can also help reinvigorate a C.V. and match graduates with cafe jobs from our roster of speciality relationships.
In2work, an advice drop-in for unemployed young people, partners with Bloom, operated by one of our barista apprenticeship graduates, for an totally open-ended coffee time available to people unsure of what they want to do. The relaxed format includes free hot drinks, personal support, skills demonstrations and collaborations depending on a person's interests. Coffee preparation offers one way to try hands-on activity in a creative community, gain confidence, gauge individual passions and explore future training and employment options. An interest in coffee is not a prerequisite.
Coffee doesn't have to be difficult to be delicious. We can show you the best ways to get lush coffee at home or in the office, without advanced purple prose or expensive equipment. Run by our graduates at a fun, relaxed pace, we cover the basics of getting the tasty stuff out of coffee without the nasty stuff that forces you to use milk and sugar. We explain common coffee gadgets, help you pick the best ones and send you home with some beans and instructions.