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Fresh start in coffee career thanks to Skills for Industry

Published: 20 March 2015

Fresh start in coffee career thanks to Skills for Industry
Councillor Luke Smith (Div 6) with Barry Lane and new Coffee Club team member Chloe Mullins.

A number of locals have been offered a career kick-start at Logan's latest Coffee Club at Meadowbrook thanks to a Skills for Industry partnership facilitated by Logan City Council.

During the past two months, 13 local young people have undertaken hospitality training as a result of a memorandum of understanding between Council and local job services agencies in partnership with the Department of Education and Training.

From the group, eight have secured employment including six who will work at the Coffee Club in the newly constructed Meadowbrook Shopping Centre, which opened on 24 February.

The Coffee Club franchisee and Logan Goodwill Ambassador, Barry Lane, said the program had streamlined the process of employing local team members for the new business.

"We have been able to give local people a chance thanks to this program and the training will allow them to hit the ground running," he said.

"While we could not hire everybody, all those who completed the training gained practical experience in a fully operating Coffee Club store, which will give them a distinct advantage in pursuing a career in the hospitality industry.

"There is a great deal of work involved in setting up a new business and having the Logan Office of Economic Development as a central point of contact between our team, the trainees and training organisations has been fantastic."

Governance, Finance and Economic Development Committee Chair, Councillor Luke Smith (Division 6), said the program was aimed at connecting local people with local jobs.

"Workforce development is a key priority area and these partnerships help ensure our residents have the skills required to meet the needs of businesses investing and operating in Logan," he said.

In addition to the new Coffee Club team members, two trainees have secured work at Harmony on Carmody Café in Logan Central, and the Logan Office of Economic Development will continue to work with job services agencies to help the remaining trainees enter the workforce.

Deputy Mayor Russell Lutton (Division 2) said the Skills for Industry agreement was established as part of the Logan: City of Choice Two-Year Action Plan.

"As a city we are committed to providing opportunities for our community and the success of this program in creating jobs for our youth demonstrates the positive outcomes being achieved," he said.