Costa has launched a major apprentice recruitment drive across the UK, as part of its commitment to offering careers and skill development in hospitality. There are 800 apprentices already in learning across Costa’s parent company Whitbread, with many more graduates working throughout the company. Costa has now committed to hiring at least 250 new apprentices by the end of 2017, all of which will receive the National Living Wage.
The fully-funded apprenticeship scheme offers nationally recognised qualificationsfocusing on wider business management, customer service and communication skills, as well as industry leading training in traditional barista skills. This ensures apprentices are able to progress within the company and the industry more widely, all whilst learning.
The scheme is run in-house so Costa can ensure the highest standards, and has an OFSTED rating of ‘Grade 2 – Good’ through Costa’s parent company, Whitbread.