Training program serves up success for jobseekers

HAMLET Café will be providing support and work experience for up to 60 people thanks to an $80,000 grant delivered as part of the Tasmanian Government’s Training and Work Pathway program.

The café, which is located in Molle Street, is one of 27 projects to share in the $2.46 million funding allocation.

All new trainees at the café are facing various barriers to employment and the mentoring they receive will act as an important steppingstone to either a job in the hospitality industry or further training.

Hamlet Café co-founder Emily Baffa said the program would benefit both the café’s workers and diners.

“It exposes people in the community to people that they don’t generally see working in hospitality,” she said.

“It’s a beautiful experience for the guys that we have working for us because often they’d be stuck in jobs where it’s quite monotonous and not very socially engaging.

“But, by working in hospitality, you get to meet all sorts of people every day.”

Speaker of the House of Assembly and Liberal Member for Denison, Elise Archer, said the hospitality industry was one of the pillars of Tasmania’s visitor economy, directly employing more than 20,000 people.

“The Tasmanian Government’s number one priority is jobs and we are also committed to supporting vulnerable Tasmanians,” she said.

“That is why we’re helping businesses like Hamlet provide a skilled workforce for one of our most important industries – it’s a win-win for the state.”

Caption: Tasmanian Premier Will Hodgman and Speaker of the House of Assembly and Liberal Member for Denison, Elise Archer, meet with co-founders and workers at Hamlet Café in Hobart.

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