The program, which is supported with $30,000 through the Office of Multicultural Interests' Community Grants Program,
aims to help young people from culturally and linguistically diverse (CaLD) backgrounds break into the competitive hospitality industry.
The aspiring baristas have honed their skills in the Australia Arab Association's pop-up café, which is a regular fixture at local community events. Upon completion, participants
may transition into employment with a number of local businesses who have partnered with the program. Forty people have completed the training since it began in 2017.
Minister for Citizenship and Multicultural Interests, Paul Papalia,
presented certificates to Perth's newest coffee makers at a ceremony at
the Australia Arab Association centre in Thornlie.
ceremony, Minister Papalia called the Beginners Barista course "a
forward-thinking program created by an innovative community group that
provides pathways to employment for vulnerable young people from CaLD
"Most importantly, partnering with local businesses ensures that real opportunities are available."
Papalia also announced the State Government's support of $40,000 for
the Australian Arab Festival to be held in March 2020 ($15,000 from the
Office of Multicultural Interests and $25,000 from Lotterywest).
festival will showcase the many Arabic cultures that are a part of our
social fabric in Western Australia and allow the wider community to
experience the richness and depth of Arab culture," said Minister