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UK CASE STUDY

Pro Baristas

ONGOING INVESTMENT TO TRAIN FUTURE BARISTAS IN THE LOCAL BRIGHTON AREA

The Pro Barista training programme enables vulnerable people in Brighton and Hove to develop barista skills and find employment. tGF has continued to support this enterprise since 2016, as a Brighton businessman and caffeine addict, it’s an easy one for Chairman Andrew Goodall to support, especially with such remarkable results.

 

Why?

The programme exists to solve two problems in Brighton – the shortage of skilled coffee workers in a booming local industry and the challenge faced by unemployment and vulnerable people in the local area. 

 

How?

Located at One Church in Central Brighton, Pro Baristas offers different levels of training throughout the year, including certification courses, traineeships and apprenticeships. The course leaders have embedded some of the strengths and skills development toolkits provided by tGF to provide a more holistic learning experience.

 

The outcome

In its first year, 66 people went through the training. Of these 28 went on to enrol on a three-month programme, 17 on weekly drop-in training sessions and 21 onto partnering charities and agencies. Of the original 66, 39 went on to find employment, further training or education, whilst another 19 trained as charitable volunteers. 200 were anticipated in the second cohort, and the scheme has continued to grow.

 

Through mentorship and new income sources, Pro Barista has developed well-funded training tracks for the YMCA, the Job Centre and The Platform in Brighton. 

 

We’re proud to support this initiative in an ongoing capacity.