Well Grounded is a social enterprise and the UK's first speciality coffee training academy, connecting people looking for work with sustainable careers in the coffee industry, regardless of their background.
Headquartered in London, our mission is to support the UK's unemployed with the skills, qualifications, practical support and job opportunities to secure and maintain successful careers in coffee. In turn, we provide coffee shops with skilled, passionate and committed employees. In just over 2 years, Well Grounded is now a team of 7, supporting over 200 people and operating from an academy in Tower Hamley, with an additional one coming online this year.
We run 6-day to 9- week training and work experience programmes with partnering employers, delivering technical coffee skills, an industry-recognised qualification and the underpinning knowledge needed in the sector. Technical skills are interwoven with a broader training and support curriculum that focuses on the barriers to employment faced by trainees, such as low levels of confidence, gaps in employability skills and lack of self-esteem. We provide support with access to additional services such as housing, mental health services and counselling. On Graduation our trainees join our Alumni network, where we support people into new roles across the industry (baristas, roasters, quality assurance, wholesale, trainers) whilst giving them access to industry events and further training.
Contact: Sonja Wittenberg, Managing Director e-Mail: