Headspace and TAFE give kids a coffee break
Young people in Kalgoorlie-Boulder will have the opportunity to develop hospitality skills thanks to the launch of a new project.
Six participants have so far signed up for the six-week barista course through Central Regional TAFE in Kalgoorlie.
The project, arranged by headspace Kalgoorlie in collaboration with TAFE, aims to connect young people with training, education and experience in the area of hospitality and barista work.
Headspace Kalgoorlie manager Ashley Cridland said the organisation would then seek to support participants in finding work.
“They will be able to practice their skills in our Nugget coffee cart and join us out in the community, representing headspace at community events and activities,” she said.
“The aim is to upskill young people in our region and connect them with job opportunities.
“Getting a job can be very competitive and many of our youth advisory group members have commented on how hard it can be to get jobs in hospitality.
“This project will provide them with the training, a qualification and work experience — all of which will help to boost their resumes and chances of getting a job in the industry.”
The six current participants will begin the course tomorrow. Ms Cridland said headspace hoped to continue to run the course in the future to support as many young people as possible.
“We would like our young people and Nugget to join us at community events and activities, and outreach to other towns with us like Leonora, Coolgardie, Kambalda and Esperance,” she said.
She said headspace was supporting the costs for each young person to complete the training.
“The TAFE have been so supportive towards tailoring a barista course specifically for our project, as it hadn’t previously been offered in Kalgoorlie,” she said.
“We have had so much community support with this project.”
Danae Skelton, 17, and Kim Johns, 16, begin their barista training course in headspace’s coffee van Nugget with headspace’s Faith Mutanga and Muzz Buzz operations co-ordinator Hamish Laird.