A barista is someone that specialises in making coffee and other beverages. They will usually work in a coffee shop, restaurant, cafe or hotel.
You can get into this job through:
You could do a college course like Food and Beverage Service Level 2.
You will need 3 GCSEs at grade 3 (D) including English and/or maths.
The following local colleges offer courses in Food and Beverage Service:
- City College Norwich
- East Coast College
- Suffolk New College
- The College of West Anglia
- West Suffolk College
Or your local 6th form may offer a relevant course.
You can train through a hospitality team member intermediate apprenticeship.
This will usually take 12 months to complete. You'll do on-the-job training and spend time at a college or training provider.
You'll usually need 3 GCSEs, usually including English and maths, or equivalent, for an intermediate apprenticeship (Level 2).
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You can apply directly for jobs. Some employers may prefer you to have experience in customer service or catering.
You can find out more about becoming a barista from the Hospitality Guild.
Career path and progression
With experience, you could become a manager and then move on to a regional manager role.
You could also become self-employed and set up your own coffee shop.
- Good team-working abilities
- Able to cope under pressure
- Excellent customer service skills
- Patience and the ability to remain calm in stressful situations
- Good communication skills
- Able to work on your own initiative
£8,000 to £20,000