Multiplex's new Salvation Army Cafe

Left to right: The Salvation army cafe during construction and then after opening.

A new Multiplex-supported initiative is underway at the construction site for the new central acute services building, in the form of a Salvation Army-sponsored café.

Café Horizons, run through the Salvation Army, provides employment opportunities for disadvantaged young people who have left school early, while offering food to the hundreds of workers involved in construction of the new hospital building.

The café initiative aims to up-skill at-risk young people in western Sydney by creating a welcoming and safe environment where they can learn new skills. The cafe provides on-site training and assists young people in transitioning to further training opportunities or employment.

The café also allows workers to gain a nationally accredited qualification, Certificate II in Hospitality, through a registered training organisation.

Multiplex regional director Brendan Sweeney said the café was a great opportunity for young people.

“The success of this venture will provide the funding, equipment and experience for it to continue as a stand-alone business, as well as providing vocational training and life skills to at-risk young people,” he said.

“It gives these young people a chance to get accredited training in a supported, flexible, hands-on, enterprise environment.

The café currently employs five casual staff, who are all young people who have come through various Youthlink programs.

In mid-July, the café will commence its first training group of 12 young people, in partnership with a registered training organisation. Following the completion of theory training, the students will each complete a minimum of 25 hours’ work experience at the café, with two core staff members responsible for their training and supervision.

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