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Brewing up employment opportunities at BNE for people with a disability


Brisbane Airport is literally brewing up employment opportunities for people with a disability at its new Boronia Brew café.

Indeed, to date, 10 staff with a disability have found employment at Boronia Brew, which officially opened a few days ago.

Operated by HELP Enterprises, the social enterprise is providing training for supported workers, with hopes some will go on to find employment at businesses across the rapidly expanding Brisbane Airport precinct.

The coffee shop is one of Brisbane Airport’s largest, located in the Da Vinci aviation training precinct filled with people upgrading their skills at Aviation Australia, Qantas, Virgin Australia, LifeFlight Training Academy, QUT and Cabin Services Australia.

“This social enterprise partnership is one of many ways that Brisbane Airport Corporation gives back to the Brisbane community, and we’re excited to see where this new venture takes us all,” according to Denver Fresser, CEO of HELP.

“HELP Enterprises is on a mission to make the world a more inclusive place and thanks to Brisbane Airport Corporation, we’re getting one big step closer to doing just that.”

Brisbane Airport Corporation invited HELP to fill a hospitality void in the southern airport precinct.

“We were really looking for an operator with heart to bring great coffee and great food to our training precinct to build our airport community, and we are incredibly happy to work with HELP to provide opportunities for supported workers,” according to Gert-Jan de Graaff, CEO of Brisbane Airport Corporation.

Every day 24,000 people come to work across the Brisbane Airport precinct, with that number expected to grow by 10,000 by the time the Brisbane 2032 Olympic and Paralympic Games begin.

“If this café can help train some of the future employees who go on to work in hospitality across Brisbane Airport, we will be delighted,” says Gert-Jan de Graaff.

New barista, Kevin Ludwick, enthused: “It’s probably my happiest time ever. I’m actually so happy to be working in hospitality. I’m doing what I love to do.”

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