Barista

Alternative titles for this job include

Baristas make and serve coffee in cafes, coffee shop chains, restaurants and hotels.

Average salary (a year)

£12,500 Starter

to

£20,000 Experienced

Typical hours (a week)

40 to 42 variable

You could work

evenings / weekends / bank holidays on shifts

How to become

How to become a barista

You can get into this job through:

  • a college course
  • an apprenticeship
  • applying directly

College

You could do a college course that would give you some of the skills to do this role. Courses include:

  • Level 1 Award in Introduction to Employment in the Hospitality Industry
  • Level 2 Award in Barista Skills
  • Level 2 Diploma in Food and Beverage Service

Entry requirements

You'll usually need:

  • 2 or fewer GCSEs at grades 3 to 1 (D to G), or equivalent, for a level 1 course
  • 2 or more GCSEs at grades 9 to 3 (A* to D), or equivalent, for a level 2 course

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Apprenticeship

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.

Entry requirements

You'll usually need:

  • some GCSEs, usually including English and maths, or equivalent, for an intermediate apprenticeship

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Direct Application

You can apply directly for jobs. Some employers may prefer you to have experience in customer service or catering.

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Further information

You can find out more about becoming a barista from the Hospitality Guild.

What it takes

What it takes

Skills and knowledge

You'll need:

  • customer service skills
  • the ability to accept criticism and work well under pressure
  • the ability to sell products and services
  • the ability to work well with others
  • the ability to work on your own
  • excellent verbal communication skills
  • a good memory
  • the ability to work well with your hands
  • to be able to carry out basic tasks on a computer or hand-held device

What you’ll do

What you'll do

Day-to-day tasks

In this role you could:

  • prepare the coffee shop ready for opening
  • take customer orders and payments
  • grind fresh coffee beans
  • prepare and serve sandwiches and cakes
  • clean and tidy work areas, equipment and coffee machines
  • create displays of stock
  • do stock checks and order new stock
  • clean and tidy the coffee shop before closing

Working environment

You could work in a coffee shop.

Your working environment may be noisy and hot.

You may need to wear a uniform.

Career path and progression

Career path and progression

With experience, you could become a store manager and then move on to a regional manager role.

You could also become self-employed and set up your own coffee shop.

Current opportunities

Current opportunities

Apprenticeships In England

Apprentice Chef Assistant

  • Wage: £182.00 Weekly
  • Location: Sheffield

Courses In England

Level 2 Award in Barista Skills Adult

  • Provider: NEW CITY COLLEGE
  • Start date: 01 September 2021
  • Location: HACKNEY

Food Safety in Catering - Level 2

  • Provider: BLACKPOOL AND THE FYLDE COLLEGE
  • Start date: 12 May 2021
  • Location: Blackpool

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