Refugees in Wagga are grabbing opportunities to learn new skills with both hands. Blessed Bean is providing barista courses at a discounted price to give new community members a way to upskill themselves.
Shireen Mato, said she was happy to be learning the ins and outs of perfecting coffee.
“I hope to get a job,” she said.
“I am happy to learn, I moved to Australia from Turkey one year ago. I also want to practise my English.”
Layla Shrkan said after escaping Iraq and arriving in Australia last year, she is is hoping to find a job in a cafe.
“I need to learn English more and learn for a job,” she said. “I like it here because it feels safe and everyone is nice.”
Izzy Willis, who is teaching the course, said she loves being able to share her passion for coffee.
“It’s going really well and it’s really inspiring to hang out with them,” she said. “It’s a great way for us as a business to get involved with the community.”
The opportunity at Blessed Bean came about after members of a local book club met Shireen Mato.
Ali Reid, a board member of the Multicultural Council, said they were hoping to give the ‘inspiring’ young women a chance to find work.
“Our book club decided to contribute to pay the course fee,” she said.