Rocket is proud to be involved with Kick Start’s Initiatives to provide employment and training opportunities to young people facing barriers to employment. 

Social enterprise Kick Start Cafe has been officially launched at Melrose Park to cater for workers on the Melrose Park North urban renewal project and local communities.

Minister for Skills and Tertiary Education and Member for Parramatta, Geoff Lee today officially launched the Melrose Park Kick Start Café at a function attended by representatives of City of Parramatta Council, the local community and sporting bodies.

“As a local MP, it is great to see opportunities for people to learn new skills and make a start on new careers,” Mr Lee said.

Under the program, trainees are employed by the social enterprise to gain a Certificate III in Hospitality, RSA and RCG, as well as barista skills and then transition to employment. The trainees are supported by professional trainers, including an experienced chef and mentor.

To date, 12 trainees have graduated and a further three trainees are currently working in the mobile food trailer located on the corner of Wharf Road and Victoria Road.

Kick Start Café is a social enterprise of the PAYCE Foundation, which is the philanthropic arm of leading property and investment company PAYCE. PAYCE has backed the mentoring program since the first café opened at Washington Park, Riverwood in Sydney’s south-west.

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