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YOUTH ASSISTANCE: Graham Sievwright and John Rowe from Boystown with Christopher Guy, 18.
YOUTH ASSISTANCE: Graham Sievwright and John Rowe from Boystown with Christopher Guy, 18.

A PROGRAM aimed at helping get disadvantaged youth off the streets and into employment has reached another milestone at RSPCA Wacol.

The job prospects of some the south-west's unemployed were brightened six months ago when they helped build the new animal welfare facility.

Now the hospitality dreams of a new influx of young adults are coming true at the site's Start A'Fresh Cafe.

A joint venture between RSPCA and BoysTown job services will see more than 60 job seekers during the next year participate in a 10 week training course at the cafe and receive a Certificate II in Hospitality on completion.

Start A'Fresh Cafe manager Graham Sievwright said the program provided real life work experience and certified training for 15 to 25 year olds in the western corridor.

"What the RSPCA does for animals, we do for the people of the world," the chef of 20 years said.

"Our number one priority is skilling these kids up and getting them a job.

"The more we can get young people off the streets and out of the situations they find themselves in to be able to stand on their own feet, the better.

"They learn all of the things associated with running a small hospitality business."


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