JIMI MOYLE has a big future ahead of him as a barista, and Jeremy Earl plans to sharpen his talents as a pastry chef.
Jamie-Lee Cresswell, their colleague in the training program Yummy Kitchen, enjoys meeting the public by working ‘front of house’.
The three youngsters got the chance to display their skills yesterday when they prepared and served gourmet wraps to Lismore’s Business Promotion Panel in the CBD.
The taste treat came courtesy of a project called Community in the Kitchen, aimed at boosting employment opportunities for 15- to 24-year-olds and run by the YWCA NSW and local TAFEs.
The three last year completed a Certificate II in hospitality after a 16-week course and are going on to tackle Certificate III training at Wollongbar TAFE in April.
Jimi said the Certificate II course had been an introduction to hospitality, covering basic skills and knowledge such as customer service and food preparation, and helping them choose where they wanted to go.
The YWCA’s Louise Collins, who is running the program, said it was important for young people to be supported during the transition from training to employment, and that yesterday’s exercise helped them to maintain their practical skills. A weekly cafe at the Y in Goonellabah also helped, she said.
Jimi said the training had given him the confidence to hand out his resume and as a result he had found work at markets and cafes.
Jeremy has picked up some casual work in the kitchen at Lismore restaurant Paupiettes.
He said the program had been ‘great for instilling confidence and really helped to bring me out of my shell’.
Ms Cross said she was hoping to find a shopfront in the Lismore city centre for Yummy Kitchen to set up.
Lismore City Centre manager Stephen Nelson said a temporary CBD home might be found through the Art in the Heart project.