A new café at Dreamworld is offering Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander training opportunities to kick-start their careers in the hospitality industry.
Treasurer and Minister for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Partnerships, Curtis Pitt, met participants in the training scheme today when he officially launched the café.
Mr Pitt said Presto’s Café at Dreamworld’s Corroboree precinct was a joint venture between Dreamworld and the Preston Campbell Foundation.
“The Preston Campbell Foundation was established in 2015 to develop programs and opportunities to help Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander participants to achieve their goals,” he said.
“The café provides Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander young people with an opportunity to complete a Certificate II in Kitchen Operations with support from trained and experienced mentors.
“The first group of trainees at Presto’s Café completed their training in April 2016 and have acquired Certificate II Kitchen Operations.
“It’s good to know that three of the participants are now employed, and mentors from the Preston Campbell Foundation continue to work with the remaining participants to help them secure jobs.”
Mr Pitt said the Department of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Partnerships has been working with the Preston Campbell Foundation to support the recruitment of young people to participate in training at the café.
Preston Campbell, an Indigenous Australian and former professional rugby league footballer, made his NRL debut with the Gold Coast Chargers in 1998 and later played with the Cronulla Sharks, Penrith Panthers and the Gold Coast Titans.
He retired from professional rugby league in 2011 after playing 267 NRL first-grade games and established the Preston Campbell Foundation in 2015.