Headspace and TAFE give kids a cof­fee break

Kalgoorlie Miner - - NEWS - Joanna De­la­lande

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.”

Pic­ture: Kelsey Reid

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.

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