Hamish Breaks Thru at Café Tempest

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Hamish Ewen is a 19 year old looking for a future like any young person in Newcastle. His goals of completing further education, getting a job and enjoying a social life are fairly common to most young people.

However, Hamish was not sure where to start and wanted to get extra help. With the assistance of his parents, Hamish met with Break Thru People Solutions, a registered provider of supports under the National Disability Insurance Scheme.

“Hamish revealed an interest in hospitality since he had enjoyed catering classes at high school”, said Andrew Malloch, Manager of Break Thru’s I am able, a program that assists people with NDIS plans. “This became a vocational goal for Hamish so we just needed the resources to make this happen”.

Break Thru supported Hamish to request funding from the NDIS, with a focus on employment assistance.

It was critical that career skills training and on-the-job experience with the right mentor was put in place, so we used a combination of accredited training in hospitality, a work trial and our Support Worker, Les Masters, to provide guidance”, added Mr Malloch.

“I thought this would be a good experience, and the training taught me the
basics”, said Hamish. “When I was introduced to Les, this was a significant and
positive, especially learning about the job market ”.

Les took Hamish to Café Tempest, owned and operated by Julie Walter in
Wallsend. Julie saw potential in Hamish and gave him a go. “I’ve had numerous
work placement students in my three years running cafes, but Hamish has been
the best I’ve ever had.”

Hamish completed his hospitality course and the work placement and was rewarded further with Julie deciding to hire Hamish. “He now works about 25 hours a week and is a huge part of our team. He’s always on time for work and has treated the experience seriously. He’s got the basics under control, interacting with the customers, learning knife skills, undertaking food preparation and beginning the art of baking cakes.”

Hamish said that he undertook the challenge of study and work with a positive attitude. Asked what advice he would give to other young people looking for a career opportunity, Hamish said, “Always look forward and don’t give up, as it’s fantastic to be paid in a job for your effort”.

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