Wise Barista Program
In 2015, following on from the success of Buffed, Wise Foundation established the Wise Barista Program. This initiative is aimed at training individuals facing barriers to employment to become baristas. Working with our recruitment partners, the Asylum Seeker Resource Centre (Melbourne) and the Asylum Seekers Centre (Sydney), we are providing training and experience and a pathway to enable rapid acceptance into the hospitality industry. The Wise Barista Program has potential to provide a widely accepted platform into a growing employment area.
The Wise Barista program is currently in operation at the Telstra Discovery store in Melbourne (corner of Bourke and Swanston Street) and the NAB Flagship store in Sydney (333 George Street), with new locations on the horizon.
To date, the Wise Barista Program has provided employment and training opportunities for 18 individuals who have faced barriers to employment.