2017 has been a massive year so far for us at Well Grounded. The team has grown with the addition of a new Head of Coffee and a Project & Marketing Manager. To add to the excitement was the launch of our new training academy in Tower Hamlets!
In August, the whole Well Grounded team packed up all our belongings from our temporary training home at Vagabond and headed east. From the familiar stomping grounds in north London, we had some orientation to do in east London, Tower Hamlets. We were welcomed with open arms by the team at Spotlight Youth Centre, where our new academy was located. The transition was a learning experience for everyone involved because it was the first time we had somewhere to call our permanent home.
Why are we so excited about the move? Well, we now have a fully functioning space to run our training and development programmes, a real positive when you have a few two group espresso machines, grinders and lots of milk…ask any of our coffee friends.
Poplar Harca, the housing association has sponsored the space at Spotlight for us to be able to offer Specialty Barista training programmes for members of the local community. Since the academy launched in Tower Hamlets in August we have given access to 30 individuals to our various barista courses, 100% graduated with SCA accreditations and 84% moved into employment as baristas.
There are so many people we would like to thank who have made launching our new academy possible. Blue Tiger for their ongoing support supplying equipment and materials, Ozone Coffee Roasters for saving the day at the last minute and all the delicious coffee, The Estate Dairy for the creamy milk, Poplar Harca for sponsoring the training space, Spotlight for dealing with us on a daily basis and many more to name.
Watch this (new) space, we have some very exciting things planned in the very near future.