Hon Paul Papalia CSC MLA

Hon Paul Papalia CSC MLA

Minister for Police; Road Safety; Defence Industry; Veterans Issues

    Cafe project to provide essential training for unemployed youth

    29/11/2017 2:00 PM
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    The Australian Arab Association has launched a pop-up cafe facility in the Thornlie area to provide training and jobs for the local community.


    The Australian Arab Association pop-up cafe, which will be located in Homestead Park, received funding of $100,000 through the McGowan Labor Government's Local Projects, Local Jobs initiative.


    The project will focus on providing training to unemployed local youth in the areas of hospitality, small business and customer service - ensuring that they have the skills to join the workforce.


    It will also provide participants with an opportunity to engage with the community and develop a sense of belonging.


    The Association is a non-profit organisation that aims to foster understanding and build knowledge of culturally and linguistically diverse communities and their contributions towards the economy, culture and education in Western Australia.


    Comments attributed to Citizenship and Multicultural Interests Minister Paul Papalia:


    "The Australian Arab Association pop-up cafe is a fantastic initiative that will provide essential training and employment opportunities to young people who are struggling to get into the job market.


    "This project is a great example of creating jobs at a local level that will have an ongoing and positive impact in the community."


    Comments attributed to Thornlie MLA Chris Tallentire:


    "We make new communities all the time out of events in our local patch of Maddington, Gosnells, Thornlie, Kenwick and Forest Lakes.


    "I loved the idea of training people up as baristas and traders, preparing for jobs, while providing a popular service in the open air and pulling crowds to events, so I'm pleased the Association is being supported."


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