In 2017 we started on an exciting and inspirational journey, building a relationship and starting charitable work with The Passage as part of Hotel School. It’s been the start of a great opportunity for our team to share their skills and positively impact the lives of others.
Situated near Victoria station, The Passage is London’s largest voluntary sector resource centre for homeless and vulnerable people. From simply providing a bed to sleep in for the night or even longer-term accommodation, they work in conjunction with the individual needs and aspirations of their clients; setting realistic timelines and goals to help support them out of homelessness.
In collaboration with the Passage, last April we were invited by Jeremy Goring (The Goring Hotel) to provide a coffee demonstration as part of a “taster week” for the inaugural Hotel School. The Hotel School is a ten-week hospitality training course designed to give a broad survey of the service industry. From cooking skills to housekeeping, to reception & concierge, bar & cocktails and of course, coffee; graduates have the opportunity to learn from some of the industry’s best, in some of London’s most iconic venues.
The Extract team have been providing the Barista & Coffee programme in the form of Foundation & Intermediate barista training to students over the course of two days in our training facility at Sustainable Bankside. We are fortunate enough to meet the groups at the very first session, on the first day of term.
It has been truly extraordinary and a real privilege to be able to see the transition and the changes they have all made by week ten. More confident and more self- assured, it is a credit to the work done by those people who volunteer their time to the project, but truly the real credit goes to the students, whom with all the challenges that have beset them, saw an opportunity and took it with both hands.
With each new term we will set new plans to provide an extra dimension to the programme; from providing one-week barista placements in a working coffee bar (think job shadowing), to longer-term goals of providing routes into permanent placements after graduation.
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