Zeal Kāpiti received a funding grant of $4,440 from the ANZ Staff Foundation, which allowed it to pay for six additional barista programmes, teaching approximately 25 young people industry-standard coffee and customer service skills.
“Running the barista program here at Zeal Kāpiti provides young people with real world skills, increases their confidence and self-worth, while also giving them a great chance of employment,” Hamish says.
For students like Lexi Jefferies, the course not only provided valuable skills, but was a huge confidence boost.
“I enjoyed the barista course because I got to learn how to use a commercial coffee machine properly,” says Lexi.
“I learned why some coffee shots taste better than others, and how to fix extraction issues.
“The course helped my confidence in finding jobs because it was something new I could add to my CV and it helped me get a job in a local café."