Well Grounded lauds latest graduates

Well Grounded recently celebrated the achievements of 11 graduate baristas who have successfully completed an eight-week specialty barista traineeship and are preparing to embark on their careers with three hospitality businesses. The eight-week course is accredited by the Specialty Coffee Association, with each graduate gaining a professional barista qualification, plus level two in both Customer Service and Food Safety.

The successful collaboration trains, accredits and supports individuals facing barriers to employment into work. The programme provides technical coffee training and employability skills, with paid work placements at prestigious London sites within the portfolios of Company of Cooks, Gather & Gather and Vacherin, which are all part of the caterer CH&CO, and guaranteed work on completion.

Eve Wagg, founder and chief executive officer of Well Grounded, said: “This partnership embodies our values at Well Grounded: collaboration; diversity and inclusion; quality; and empowerment. Together with Company of Cooks, Gather & Gather and Vacherin, we bring our individual areas of expertise together to create lasting impact, provide a quality product and celebrate the power of what can be achieved individually and as a collective.”

Rob Fredrickson, managing director of Company of Cooks, added: “Our partnership with Well Grounded started in 2017 and underpins our commitment to the communities we work in and with, and to championing the hospitality industry as an exciting and rewarding career opportunity, attracting new talent and making a positive difference. We’re very proud to now have trained and enabled 68 brilliant baristas to work with us in our cafés and coffee shops across London.”

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