Alpine Observer

Learning new skills

- By JUSTIN JENVEY

INDIGENOUS youth, training at Dumu Café in Bright, will be able to transfer their skills to a new café set to open at their home in Wadeye.

The Thathangat­hay Foundation will soon open a café at the youth centre they establishe­d in the remote Northern Territory community last year.

Café manager Chrissi Burns said the new café will be run by those in the leadership program who have completed their hospitalit­y training in Bright.

“Previously the trainees would do three months here and then three months working in the store at Wadeye but it was never overly successful,” Ms Burns said.

“Because the youth centre already had a commercial kitchen in it, a café was something that was always a possibilit­y.

“One day a week we will do a free community lunch that’s something similar to what we are doing at Dumu every Wednesday where you can come in and get a free tea or coffee between 9am-11am.

“I think it is going to be a pretty great situation and it’s going to be a place where others can go and try it out and see if they want to do a traineeshi­p in hospitalit­y.”

Dumu Café has been training indigenous youth involved in the Thathangat­hay Foundation since 2014.

Ms Burns said the program’s third trainee Beatrice Bitting had recently

completed her Cert II in hospitalit­y and will now guide the next trainee.

“Beatrice is the third of our trainees to get there Cert II in hospitalit­y, we had our first two girls finish their training in December,” she said.

“Beatrice will now train our new trainee Honorata Dumoo which we will obviously support her in and we also have three trainees attending at Bright P12 College at the moment.

“They do a Cert II but some of them are probably more a Cert II or IV in ability.”

“It’s great that we have the program where the girls and guys here are able to go train each other independen­tly.”

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 ?? PHOTO: Justin Jenvey ?? NEW SKILLS: Beatrice Bitting is the latest young person from Wadeye to complete her hospitalit­y training at Dumu Café in Bright.
PHOTO: Justin Jenvey NEW SKILLS: Beatrice Bitting is the latest young person from Wadeye to complete her hospitalit­y training at Dumu Café in Bright.

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