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Certified convict coffee makers

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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Inappropriate Inappropriate 4:42 pm 26 May 09

kos said :

I think that people who have served time shouldn’t be allowed to have jobs that involve money, or people, or children. And that us upstanding citizens should live in communities that are free of such scum, surrounded by white fences as it were.

So someone who gets busted for DUI and scores a custodial sentence are scum? What about someone who downloads child porn and doesn’t get a custodial sentence?

bean bean 9:12 am 26 May 09

Where do we put nominations for local baristas who need some time at AMC?

James T Kirk James T Kirk 8:49 am 26 May 09

#56 – Yes they are!

On the subject of police checks, all they do is identify any convictions – it is up to the specific employer to make a decision as to what they want to do.

James T Kirk James T Kirk 8:46 am 26 May 09

It is reassuring to know that even our prisoners are having competency based learning inflicted on them.

You know – the learning that allows you to be Competent / Not yet Competent. At least they have some time available to them to try again, and again, and again.

But on a more true note, I expect the prison system to offer some sort of vocational training – what else are they going to do, surf the net and watch Days of our lives on their plasma TVs?

swag swag 2:52 am 26 May 09

You don’t need to leave prison for coffee industry experience. Pausa Cafè, a Slow Food roaster run by inmates in a Torino-area prison, has been doing this for many years now with Huehuetenango coffees:
http://www.pausacafe.org/

kos kos 11:41 pm 25 May 09

Wow. I cannot believe the horrible sentiments towards people who have spent time in prison.

I think that people who have served time shouldn’t be allowed to have jobs that involve money, or people, or children. And that us upstanding citizens should live in communities that are free of such scum, surrounded by white fences as it were.

Deckard Deckard 10:07 pm 25 May 09

Rabble said :

I think Gloria Jeans has an affiliation with some church group and it’s part of giving in the community.

Aren’t Gloria Jeans owned by the Hillsong Church??

Rabble Rabble 9:55 pm 25 May 09

Gloria Jean’s run a program like this in a women’s prison in Sydney – a friend works as a trainer there. I think Gloria Jeans has an affiliation with some church group and it’s part of giving in the community.

If it’s the same program it’s certainly not down to corrective services – it’s a corporate program so the back slapping amongst the politians is certainly not warranted.

They sell a lot of coffee to visitors too. It’s a very busy kiosk.

sepi sepi 9:18 pm 25 May 09

Great idea.

And noone is going to do a police check for a cafe job. If they are half-way presentable and they make good coffee they should be fine to get a job.

barking toad barking toad 8:05 pm 25 May 09

#52 – yep, probably 3rd or 4th chance before you get to go into the motel
and learn such life skills as making a cuppa. 15 hours of theory and then a lot of practice.

Wonder what they teach at Gitmo – home brewing?

VYBerlinaV8_the_one_they_all_copy VYBerlinaV8_the_one_they_all_copy 7:30 pm 25 May 09

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

Not to be rude, but by the time people are sent away in Canberra, they aren’t exactly on their ‘second’ chance.

sunshine sunshine 6:57 pm 25 May 09

i think this is a huge positive step forward. well done to corrective services and the women concerned.

Reprobate Reprobate 6:12 pm 25 May 09

Prison: skills for life. Just like McDonalds.

V twin venom V twin venom 4:19 pm 25 May 09

“#20 – If you need 15 hours of class instruction and then practice to get a certificate to show you know how to make a cup of coffee then it’s hippie coffee.

How hard is it to boil a jug and whack in a spoon or two of 43 beans in every cup?

Life’s too short for instant coffee”

Life’s too short to wait for the tools making the coffee at most of the big chains. Particularly when the result is crap.

ant ant 3:42 pm 25 May 09

These people might find jobs in restaurants. A relative who is an aspirant coffee-wanker becomes quite devastated whenever he goes to the posh Canberra restaurant du jour, has a wonderful meal, and the coffee at the end is terrible. Seems to happen rather a lot.

Inappropriate Inappropriate 3:19 pm 25 May 09

Sammy said :

And what if the ex-con is the most qualified person for the job?

You’d probably be more concerned with the pigs that were continually flying into the glass at the front of your coffee shop.

No sense trying to reason with the unreasonable.

Spam Box Spam Box 2:44 pm 25 May 09

From memory I’ve hired 4 ex-cons over the years and I’ve found them all to be very good workers. Highly motivated to put in a solid days work to keep their job and get on with life. I’m sure lots of people would worry about hiring these guys but in my experience they worked hard, were reliable and stayed around longer then most, probably motivated by the knowledge that jobs are harder for them to get. All four had done basic computer repair courses in jail and that was one of the reasons we hired them in the first place

jessieduck jessieduck 2:43 pm 25 May 09

barking toad said :

#20 – If you need 15 hours of class instruction and then practice to get a certificate to show you know how to make a cup of coffee then it’s hippie coffee.

How hard is it to boil a jug and whack in a spoon or two of 43 beans in every cup?

Life’s too short for instant coffee

deezagood deezagood 2:25 pm 25 May 09

Actually friends of mine in the catering industry continually struggle to find enough employees in Canberra; especially staff that can make a decent cup of coffee without the need for further training. I think this initiate makes good sense, providing the employers are prepared to give staff a chance.

NoAddedMSG NoAddedMSG 2:18 pm 25 May 09

bailes23 said :

Whatsup said :

At a coffee shop I would rather a good coffee that has been made by an ex crim than a lousy coffee made by some untrained hack.

+1 Nothing worse than getting horrible coffee made by a “Barista”

Yes there is, and it’s a horrible coffee made by a “Barrister” who has yet to learn the difference between the two words.

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