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COURTNEY, Tristan, and Jarrah are among the first graduates of Frankie’s Cafe Picture: Supplied

SCHOOL is out for the eight students of the Cafe Creations program at Frankie’s Cafe, as they celebrated their graduation last week.

The program is designed for students between 15 and 24 years old, who are not currently employed, at school, or learning a trade.

Frankie’s Cafe at the Frankston South Community and Recreation Centre plays host to the program which enables participants to gain their Responsible Service of Alcohol (RSA) Certificate, their Food Handlers Certificate, and experience working in a hospitality environment.

Program graduate Courtney said “when I came into this program I had very low confidence and self-worth, but my mentors saw me for me and I learnt what I could do and what I was capable of.”

“Not only have I learnt a lot about hospitality, but I’ve also learnt a lot about myself and my own abilities and I’m thankful for the friendships I’ve made along the way.”

The program is supported by $300,000 in Frankston Council funding.

The mayor Michael O’Reilly said “this vibrant space provides real life training for young people undertaking hospitality courses and it will soon be another great café for Frankston South locals to enjoy.” 

“Not only have we celebrated the first eight graduates from Café Creations at Frankie’s Café, we’ve also been introduced to the next group coming through the program.” 

Frankston City Council also offers a hospitality training course from Frankston North Community Centre.

To find out more about Frankie’s Café visit frankston.vic.gov.au

First published in the Frankston Times – 4 March 2019

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