January 5, 2024 • News5 min read

Just Eat for Business partners with BLOOM Coffee Academy to Support Apprenticeship Scheme

The scheme trains people to become skilled baristas, gives them a professional qualification, and assists them with getting back into employment.

We're excited to share that we've partnered with not-for-profit social enterprise, BLOOM Coffee Academy, to help fund four individuals to qualify from its dedicated barista training scheme and provide opportunities for people who have fallen on difficult times to get into paid work.


A division of socially conscious foodservice business, Fika Catering, BLOOM Coffee Academy aims to support vulnerable  adults - including those who have been long-term unemployed, those experiencing homelessness and those with learning difficulties. The scheme will train their cohort to become skilled baristas, providing them with a qualification at the end of the course and then a job on London Living Wage as minimum.

Matt Ephgrave, Managing Director at Just Eat for Business: “At Just Eat for Business, we are committed to bringing together impact-driven initiatives that support the communities around us and believe that we have the responsibility and opportunity to influence the catering industry’s future. This partnership with Bloom Coffee Academy is a fantastic opportunity to support the underrepresented and vulnerable, giving them the tools to further their careers and change the catering industry for the better!”

Ed Walker, Founder and CEO of Fika Catering: “Our vision for The Bloom Coffee Academy has always been to give people affected by homelessness a hand up, by training them to become baristas, giving them a professional SCA qualification, and assisting them with getting back into employment. With our partnership with Just Eat for Business, we will be able to continue to give those people referred to us not only a new skill and qualification, but also a chance to build their dignity, self-confidence and give them the opportunity to start a new chapter, to write a new story. The values really align with Fika, our Catering Business, which not only offers hands-on experience and coaching for our apprentices, but also helps fund the social enterprise.”

You can read more about Bloom Coffee Academy and its training opportunities here.