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Certified convict coffee makers

By johnboy - 25 May 2009 62

John Hargreaves has proudly announced that he’s been out to the prison to hand out certificates to the female inmates working towards being qualified cafe workers:

    “The 12 female prisoners today graduated from the Certificate 1 unit in Hospitality Prepare and Serve Expresso Coffee which involved 15 hours of classroom time, as well as practical experience. Six of them will now work in the coffee shop at the AMC’s visitor centre.

    “All the women will also continue in the Hospitality course with their next unit being Plan Coffee Shop Layout, Menu and Storage. Additionally they can elect to do units in food preparation.”

Expresso? Are ACTION planning to roll out coffee on the morning commute?

Other courses currently under way are:

    General literacy and numeracy; Asset Maintenance – Industrial Cleaning; Laundry Operations; Horticulture; and Textiles.

So… mostly things that they can employ the prisoners to do inside the facility?

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Certified convict coffee makers
Thesun08 12:43 pm 25 May 09

Post #8 Of course there are some compassionate people out in the community who are prepared to give people a second chance and decision makers in the ACT who are prepared to try programs that have the potential to provide those in prison with job skills rather than simply write them off.

Well said!

Inappropriate 12:42 pm 25 May 09

monomania said :

Of course there are some compassionate people out in the community who are prepared to give people a second chance and decision makers in the ACT who are prepared to try programs that have the potential to provide those in prison with job skills rather than simply write them off.

+1

caf 12:42 pm 25 May 09

Assisting these people to become useful members of society is unambiguously a Good Thing, in my book.

Sammy 12:42 pm 25 May 09

Of course there are some compassionate people out in the community who are prepared to give people a second chance and decision makers in the ACT

And there are those that are realists. Ten people apply for a job serving coffee, which also involves handling money via the cash register. All ten people have the appropriate skills to make coffee. One of them has been to prison. There are already enough pertinent variables on which to consider the ten people applying for the job, so now your list only has nine people on it.

weeziepops 12:35 pm 25 May 09

Do unemployed people get access to “hospitality” courses like this as a general rule or is it only for the roses that grow on the inside?

monomania 12:29 pm 25 May 09

vg said :

Question 1 on Cafe Job application form

“Where did you get your cafe qualifications?”

Prison

Question 2

“Do you have any criminal convictions?”

Yes

No need to proceed to question 3

Of course there are some compassionate people out in the community who are prepared to give people a second chance and decision makers in the ACT who are prepared to try programs that have the potential to provide those in prison with job skills rather than simply write them off.

barking toad 12:27 pm 25 May 09

And vg nailed it.

Another question -.”….and you’re used to handling cash….?”

“Oh yes milord, I should say so!”

barking toad 12:24 pm 25 May 09

It is their human right to learn how to make hippie coffee.

Now burglaries will include latte machines on the list.

Nobody should be surprised that the minister for lunch considers this an
achievement or an advertisement for the motel.

Furry Jesus 12:17 pm 25 May 09

damn italics and misspelling ‘exceptionally’…

Furry Jesus 12:16 pm 25 May 09

johnboy said :

ant said :

Well… he IS the Minister for Corrections…

Groan suppressed (barely).

What about cuppachino and muggachino? and regulating the number of c’s in macchiato? This is surely an opportunity for an interdepartmental literacy initiative, a sitdown for Mr Hargreaves and the Minister for Education…

on a different note, it’s interesting to see that there’s a unit called ‘Plan Coffee Shop Layout’. I guess that’s the one where they tell you to use execeptionally small tables to seat 4 people, and to buy the biggest soft drink cabinet you can get and how to find the place on the shop floor where it will be the most visually intrusive…

johnboy 12:05 pm 25 May 09

ant said :

I hope whoever is teaching the General Literacy course wasn’t involved in writing Hargreaves’ media release. And I hope their certificates in Coffee Making don’t have Espresso spelled as Expresso! Won’t get them far if it is.

Well… he IS the Minister for Corrections…

rottweiler 12:03 pm 25 May 09

Thanks Vg LMAO

neanderthalsis 12:02 pm 25 May 09

ant said :

I hope whoever is teaching the General Literacy course wasn’t involved in writing Hargreaves’ media release. And I hope their certificates in Coffee Making don’t have Espresso spelled as Expresso! Won’t get them far if it is.

No need to worry Ant, most cons are better educated than advisors working for our local ministers.

ant 12:00 pm 25 May 09

I hope whoever is teaching the General Literacy course wasn’t involved in writing Hargreaves’ media release. And I hope their certificates in Coffee Making don’t have Espresso spelled as Expresso! Won’t get them far if it is.

vg 11:55 am 25 May 09

Question 1 on Cafe Job application form

“Where did you get your cafe qualifications?”

Prison

Question 2

“Do you have any criminal convictions?”

Yes

No need to proceed to question 3

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