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Episode 45: The importance of training and people development

Coffee and hospitality is truly a people business and on the podcast this week we’re highlighting the importance of investing time and resources in staff training and their career development.

In conversations with Tim Sturk, Founder, Cherry Coffee Training, Ben Helt, Training Director, Specialty Coffee Association, and Diana Getchius, VP of Human Resources, Union Square Hospitality Group, we find out what a winning training programme looks like, how to tailor new starter and company-wide inductions and discuss the business benefits of investing in people development.

Learn more about SCA's programmes here: Coffee Skills ProgramCoffee Sustainability Program, and Coffee Technicians Program.

Credits music: "Superwoman", Be Like You, by MYLA in collaboration with The Coffee Music Project

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Tim Sturk

Tim Sturk

Founder, Cherry Coffee Training

Tim Sturk is the Founder and Director of Coffee Education at Cherry Coffee Training. Sturk is a licenced Q Grader and has played a pivotal role in global coffee education, development and training over the last 10 years. Sturk is the head judge for Coffee Masters competition and a Sensory Judge for the World Barista Championships since 2015.

Ben Helt

Ben Helt

Training Director, Specialty Coffee Association

Ben Helt is director of the Authorized SCA Trainer program for the Specialty Coffee Association. Helt’s combined career experience in both adult education and coffee business ownership help him support the distribution of the SCA’s certificate training programs. He is based out of his home office in Kansas City.
Diana Getchius

Diana Getchius

VP Human Resources, Union Square Hospitality Group

Diana Getchius is the Vice President of Human Resources at Union Square Hospitality Group (USHG), which operates a collection of 20 boutique hospitality concepts across New York City. USHG also has an events and catering division - Union Square Events – and employs over 1,000 hospitality staff across the group.

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