'Mission Employable' Forward Assist-Starbucks 'Barista' Training Course leads to Veterans Employment
We are delighted to report that three North East 'Military Veterans' have secured employment as Coffee Baristas with Starbucks UK. The Veterans had to complete a two week work placement and attend a day long bespoke employability focussed 'Personal Development Workshop' facilitated by the Regional Starbucks Management Team. The Veterans all of whom have direct experience of homelessness are currently living in Avondale House, an accommodation project in Byker run by the AF&V Launchpad Charity. Neil Tully, Forward Assists Specialist Employment Consultant is funded by ‘Walking with The Wounded' (WWTW) to engage with transitioning Wounded Injured & Sick veterans to improve their future employment opportunities. Starbucks UK are very keen to develop employment and training opportunities for UK military veterans within their organisation and this 'Demonstration Project' has won the Hearts & Minds of all those involved in its delivery. The project is the 'brainchild' of Tony Wright CEO of Forward Assist and Becca Haigh, Store Manager at Starbucks Metro Centre 'Drive Thru' Store. "We wanted to give transitioning veterans a real opportunity to gain employment that would reduce social isolation whilst helping them to develop new skills and confidence. This Project has proved that Armed Forces Veterans can and do, make excellent employees no matter how much they may struggle with the assimilation to civilian life. We are delighted to report that we are in negotiations with Starbucks Senior Management Team, WWTW & The RFEA to explore how best to upscale and 'roll out' this initiative across the UK whilst providing the same opportunity to Military Spouses"