Students from St John's College Woodlawn in Lismore

We recently delivered fully funded Barista training to flood affected students from St John’s College Woodlawn in Lismore through our charity program.

This training was gratefully funded thanks to grant assistance from Northern Rivers Community Foundation and the Foundation for Rural and Regional Renewal (FRRR) via its Seed of Renewal 2019 Program, with funds provided by ANZ.

North Coast Community College CEO Kate Kempshall explains. “The college is extremely grateful to the Foundation for Rural & Regional Renewal (FRRR) and ANZ for the Seeds of Renewal Project funding for our charity program, which aims to advance education within the community by providing financial assistance, programs, and scholarships to disadvantaged youth.”

Why we provided funded training

In recent weeks, our community has been absolutely devastated by the recent flood events. By providing fee free hospitality training to flood affected students, we can increase their employment opportunities and alleviate some of the financial pressure on their families, many of whom have lost jobs and are living in temporary accommodation.

Recovery from this 1 in 500-year flood event is likely to take longer than expected, however the resilience shown from of our community is truly inspiring and North Coast Community College is committed to supporting the community through delivering training and workshops to assist the recovery process.

ANZ General Manager Business Banking Jenefer Stewart said: “The ANZ Seeds of Renewal program has been providing grants to regional and rural Australia for the past 20 years. While we always enjoy seeing these projects come to life, it is particularly great to see this grant making a difference in Lismore after a difficult few months for the community,” Ms Stewart said.

Over the course of two days, students had the opportunity to develop skills and learn from experienced hospitality trainers. Upon successful completion students achieved statements of attainment in the Nationally Recognised SITHFAB005 Prepare and serve espresso coffee.

St John’s Woodlawn’s Hospitality Teacher, Sophie Base was grateful that her students got the opportunity to have their training costs fully funded. Sophie explains. “We’re very lucky that we’ve had our funding covered. We’re all so appreciative, especially with what’s been happening in our local area so to have the burden financially taken off our students is amazing and we’re very thankful.”


How does the barista training help students?

This training provides greater employment opportunities for students to pursue their passion, start a career or to find a job while undertaking further study. Potential opportunities include working as a barista in local cafés or preparing and serving food at local sports clubs, cafes, and restaurants.

Training is also available to individuals and businesses in the wider community who are looking to retrain or upskill and is funded for those who meet eligibility criteria; however, this program focuses on students enrolled in school as they are not eligible for funding under our current state funding model.

The North Coast Community charity is committed to addressing the challenges of disengagement in our community by providing access to education and training programs. If our commitment resonates with you and you would like to assist, please make a charitable donation.

About North Coast Community College’s Charity

North Coast Community College RTO 90029 is celebrating 41 years of operation. Located in Alstonville, the college is a proud community owned not-for-profit registered charity and Registered Training Organisation which provides education and training services that are life enriching and relevant for the future.

The current programs reflect the immediate needs of the community and are flexible and adapted as the needs of community change.

Their focus is on supporting young people who are in danger of leaving school early or who are from financially disadvantaged backgrounds.

For more information visit our donation page.