New Zealand Management Academies (NZMA) now offers the internationally recognised City & Guilds International Award in Barista Skills.
The intensive one-week course is perfect for those keen to work in cafes, restaurants and hotels around New Zealand and is proving particularly popular with working holidaymakers.
Atsuya Sato has just taken a year out off her university studies in Japan to come to New Zealand, and has recently completed the course.
“I really enjoyed it. The tutors were very enthusiastic and the facilities were great. The course was only short but very intense and I learnt a huge amount, both practical and theoretical. I think having this City & Guilds qualifi cation will definitely help me get a job in a café,” says Sato.
The 20-hour course is delivered by qualified and experienced teachers at NZMA’s School of Hospitality in Auckland Central. Half theory and half practice, it provides students with a background to the origins and production of coffee as well as experience in preparing and presenting filtered and pressed coffee, espresso-based beverages, tea and fruitbased smoothies. It also gives students a basic knowledge of purchasing and stores management in a hospitality environment as well as touching on customer service skills.
The programme is being offered once a month.
Academy manager at NZMA Auckland Central, Leanda Bekker says the course is an excellent introduction for those keen to learn barista skills or those already working in New Zealand’s vibrant hospitality industry.
“City & Guilds is recognised in over 100 countries and known by employers worldwide, so it is ideal preparation for work or travel both in New Zealand and overseas,” says Leanda.