SCOTLAND'S first coffee scholarship set up by the Glasgow Coffee Festival and Hub International is aiming to help disadvantaged youngsters

Those that attend this weekend's festival at Glasgow’s Briggait will help pay for the new project – with its profits committed to funding the scheme.

The Coffee Festival partnership, developed with support from Glasgow-based roaster Dear Green, is the first Hub International programme specifically focused on coffee. 

This scholarship will be awarded to budding baristas who are leaving education and are not in work.

They’ll start the programme with employability training at Hub International which covers confidence building, interview preparation, customer service, barista training and hospitality skills.

They can also explore every avenue the coffee industry has to offer, from seeing real roasteries to visiting milk producers.

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Once training has been completed, scholarship recipients will undertake barista work experience. 

The National: Lisa Lawson, pictured, talks about how the scheme can give those that need it the break they needLisa Lawson, pictured, talks about how the scheme can give those that need it the break they need (Image: PR/)

Lisa Lawson, founder of Glasgow Coffee Festival and Dear Green Coffee Roasters, said: “Giving something back to the coffee community and Glasgow itself is central to what the festival stands for, and this partnership is the perfect way to do it. 

“Coffee is an amazing industry and there are so many different way to build a career within it.

"We want to be a massive support to all the young people that will benefit from the scholarship, we’ve already offered training sessions and showed students around our roastery.

“Coffee is an amazing industry and there are so many different ways to build a career within it.”

Mhairi Strohm, head of youth training at Hub International, said: “We want to help bridge the gap between a young person and what they want to do. Our role is to take them on a journey through hospitality that ends with them in a cool job they love.

“The coffee industry is booming, and we want to show young people how exciting and varied a career in it can be – whether working in cafes or becoming a roaster. At the end of the scholarship, we want participants to be equipped with the skills and confidence they need to be super employable and ready for an enriching life in coffee.” 

Glasgow Coffee Festival returns to The Briggait this weekend. Last year, attendees helped to raise over £8000 to support the humanitarian effort in Ukraine. 

Tickets are still available for Sunday’s sessions and will include presentations, tastings, and plenty of coffee. 

For more information on the businesses involved, and to find out more about the people behind them, visit the Glasgow Coffee Festival website HERE.