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. 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. NOTE: The UK government's entire apprenticeship scheme has been reformulated, resulting in a pause on new barista apprenticeships whilst a new framework is developed specifically for the speciality coffee industry. Pro Baristas is helping lead this new effort on a national level. Enquire for details.
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 for real-world experience without the long term commitment and an emphasis on personal "soft skills" required to excel in hospitality. 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. This course is frequently altered as a bespoke offering for clients including the Jobcentre, the YMCA, LVS and others.
We offer the well-known SCA-certified Barista Foundations course, with a twist: Training covers four 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 and personal "soft skills." 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.
Bloom, operated by one of our barista apprenticeship graduates, is a totally open-ended coffee drop-in available to people unsure of what they want to do, or looking to improve. The relaxed format includes free hot drinks, personal support, skills demonstrations and collaborations depending on a person's interests. It's a buzzing scene on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday afternoons involving a range of people from professionals mentoring others to newcomers getting their feet, er ... hands wet. Coffee preparation offers one way to try hands-on activity in a creative cohort, gain confidence, gauge individual passions, pursue technical expertise and explore future training and employment options. An interest in coffee is not necessarily a prerequisite.
We work with an extremely diverse range of coffee companies, and have a lot of insight as a result. We can show you the best ways to get lush coffee at home or in the office, without advanced purple prose or expensive equipment. We can also advise on cafe setup from bar design and contractors through to budgeting, machine sourcing, hiring, setting menus and the ever-crucial workflow. Run by our graduates at a pace that suits you, we can support anyone from a volunteer cafe on a tight budget to a truly groundbreaking food business focussed on head-turning products and staff. We can handle one piece -- like hiring -- or advise from the ground up. Just tell us your spec!