Compass Group UK & Ireland has become a member of the Speciality Coffee Association of Europe (SCAE), a trade association representing thousands of coffee enthusiasts and professionals from across Europe and Asia in over 90 countries.
The membership will provide an opportunity for hundreds of Compass Group’s baristas from across the UK and Ireland to undertake technical barista training as part of SCAE’s Coffee Diploma System, which provides a structured approach to coffee education with a consistent curriculum and model accessible across Europe.
Given that it operates at more than 15,000 sites in the UK, Compass Group is one of the largest coffee providers in the country. Many of its staff already undertake barista training through its partnerships with leading brands such as Costa Coffee and Starbucks.
However, the SCAE membership will now ensure that staff working at sites where non-branded coffee is provided also receive the same level of training and an opportunity to further develop their coffee skills and education with external accreditation.
Louise Pilkington, marketing director at Compass Group UK & Ireland, said: “Coffee is a really important part of our business and we are committed to consistently delivering excellence for our customers across all of our sites, every day. For us, achieving this is about giving people the tools to build exciting and rewarding careers in coffee, both for our existing baristas and other team members who might be inspired to train as a barista.”
Each course, with the exception of Introduction to Coffee is available at three Levels – Foundation, Intermediate and Professional and all work towards a SCAE Diploma in Coffee.