Construction Of Parkville Transition Centre Café And Bakery Begins

Construction Of Parkville Transition Centre Café And Bakery Begins

Acting Victoria Minister for Families and Children Martin Foley

Parkville Cafe And Bakery To Help Reduce Reoffending

Victor P Taffa

The Andrews Government is helping young people in the Parkville Youth Justice Precinct get back on track and turn their lives around by developing skills in baking and hospitality.

Construction of the new Parkville Transition Centre café and bakery has begun, paving the way for young people to complete hospitality TAFE certificates that will help secure employment as they transition out of custody.

“The Parkville Transition Centre will provide young people with the knowledge and skills to find work as they transition out of custody, and turn their lives around.” Acting Minister for Families and Children Martin Foley said.

“Education and employment for young people are the best ways to help them stay connected with family and the community, and to reduce their chances of reoffending.”

The café and bakery will be a dual training and commercial facility, providing participants with opportunities to expand their skill set, while supplying the Precinct with thousands of loaves of bread to feed young people and top-quality food and coffee for staff and visitors.

The commercial café and training facility has been developed with the help of social enterprise, STREAT. Young people who train at the facility will have opportunities to go onto further training at STREAT’s flagship Cromwell Manor youth training centre in Collingwood, or employment at STREAT’s cafes across Melbourne.

Iconic Australian bakery, Bakers Delight is donating equipment and training to set up the bakery. The new Parkville Transition Centre will be in operation by the end of the year.

The centre will also allow young people to supply the Precinct with nearly 40,000 loaves of bread annually.