Federal Member for Blaxland Jason Clare MP today officially opened the Peppertree Café which was funded through the Australian Government’s Jobs Fund.
The newly renovated youth café in Bankstown has created 73 local jobs and 32 work experience positions.
“The Peppertree Café provides training and jobs to local young people, particularly those who have left school early and found it difficult to get work,” Mr Clare said.
Service Manager, Ms Mary Malak says that there is nothing more rewarding than being given the opportunity to support young people to discover their unique talents and skills, especially when no one else believes in them.
“We look at these young people and know that without the support and mentoring offered through our program, they wouldn’t be employed,” Ms Malak said.
The project, managed by Bankstown Multicultural Youth Service, offers young job seekers the opportunity to complete accredited training (Certificate II in Hospitality) and gain employment in the hospitality industry.
The cafe will also display and sell artwork produced by local young people and provide a venue for performing artists.
“This project will help a lot of young people in Bankstown get the chance at training and a career,” Mr Clare said.
Bankstown Multicultural Youth Service received more than $700,000 from the Federal Government, under the Get Communities Working stream of the Jobs Fund.
The full list of Jobs Fund projects and further information about the program is available at: www.keepaustraliaworking.gov.au/jobsfund
Media contact: Chris Zogopoulos (Clare) T: 9790 2466