Work Placement Works – Trendy new Café snaps up staff

Feb 10, 2016    

Seta’s Café, Campbelltown opened some three months ago.  Owner/Manager Seta Berbari, with over 11 years’ experience in Hospitality, finally took the plunge to open her own Café and what a brilliant job she’s done.  With a great eye for detail the Café offers a wonderful ambience, good food, fabulous coffee and really friendly staff.  Two, in particular, came via the MWLP – Linking Youth Work Placement program.

Students in Year 11 and 12 who are studying Vocational courses such as Hospitality are required to complete two week’s work placement (one week in Year 11 and one in Year 12).  Seta had hosted students under the MWLP program at a previous job and was quick to join once again.

During the first two months of the Café’s operation MWLP provided Seta’s Cafe with two outstanding Hospitality students who were quick to impress.  They worked in both front and back of house, preparing food, cleaning, cooking and waitressing.  Both were offered casual jobs.

Amy Hocking from Broughton Anglican School will begin Year 12 this year and will be working most Saturdays and Sundays at Seta’s Café.

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L to R: Amy Hocking, Seta Berbari and Kristen Spiteri (Chef)

Amy had never heard of the Café until she was given the opportunity to choose her Host Employer whilst in her Hospitality class at school.  Amy says “I love working here.  My Work Placement gave me the opportunity to see how wonderful the staff were and how much fun working in the kitchen was.  I was so happy when Seta offered me the job after my one-week placement.  It is enjoyable to come to work with a boss like Seta.  It is definitely a career I may consider pursuing once I leave school – possibly even opening my own café one day.”

Seta believes the program is a win/win, offering benefits to both the student and employer and she encourages all business to give it a go.  “I urge the students to ask questions and learn as much as they can in the week they are with the Host.  I treat the students like I would treat my own children.  They get to experience the work place, sometimes for the first time ever and the business gets a young person with skills to assist them.  The students can also add value to your business.  Amy’s friends and mum are now regulars.  And they are telling their friends!  It is also a great way to interview potential new staff as you get to see them in action” adds Seta.

For businesses that might be interested in becoming a part of this unique and free program please call Trudi or the Work Placement team on 4625 1863 or email Trudi at

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