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Coffee is big business - and Costa Coffee is Britain’s fastest growing coffee outlet. The brand is owned by the Whitbread Group who also own five other brand names within the hospitality industry. As well as quality, speciality coffees, Costa Coffee also serve foods such as sandwiches, cakes, pastries and fresh fruits. Costa Coffee also have a Costa Foundation that has an annual campaign where money raised goes towards making a difference to the lives of children in key coffee producing countries.

Costa Coffee offer jobs and careers throughout their stores and offices, and the company provides many opportunities for young people, students and graduates. Part time roles as team members are regularly available in Costa Coffee stores and the company actively recruit students who are attracted to the flexible working hours on offer. Whichever role students take on, Costa Coffee offer full training and ongoing development and support. Graduates can work in a variety of managerial positions in store and throughout the support centre.

Costa Coffee says its employees all share the same passions of providing excellent customer service and also a passion for quality coffee served by Costa. Amongst other recruits, the company recruit students and graduates who match this profile, whichever role they apply for within the company. For team members and other in store roles, employees will enjoy meeting new people, be outgoing and cheerful and take a pride in representing Costa. No previous experience is needed to work for Costa Coffee as a team member - but those looking for managerial roles will need to provide evidence of experience.

Although the head office is located in Dunstable, England, Costa has many stores throughout the UK and in 28 countries throughout the world. Students and graduates could find work in a variety of Costa stores such as the original Costa, Costa Metro (usually found in cities) and even the Costa Drive Thru for people who want to drink coffee on the go.

For students who are looking to work flexible, part time hours at any of the Costa stores, the company recruit on an ongoing basis and vacant positions are often advertised in the E4S listings. Keep an eye out for vacancies in your local area. For those looking for full time careers in the support centre such as in HR, retail management and marketing, vacancies are advertised as and when they arise. The Whitbread Group, of which Costa is a subsidiary, have a graduate programme which recruits a small number of graduates each year.

Costa offers a variety of options and work patterns for students and graduates looking for work. If you like the idea of working part time flexible hours in a Costa store or beginning a career, be sure to keep an eye out for any Costa and Whitbread vacancies in your area that are advertised via E4S.

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