Cafe in a container a success

Who's hungry? MYCafe manager Steve Tropiano cooked breakfast for PVS Workfind staff Melanie McLaughlin, Rachel Roper and Robyn Caswell. The cafe is open 7am- 2pm weekdays. Picture: Gary Warrick

Who's hungry? MYCafe manager Steve Tropiano cooked breakfast for PVS Workfind staff Melanie McLaughlin, Rachel Roper and Robyn Caswell. The cafe is open 7am- 2pm weekdays. Picture: Gary Warrick

A shipping container transformed into a cafe at Sydney Business Park has been a sizzling success in its early weeks.

MYCafe opened at Marsden Park three weeks ago to feed tradesmen working at the future employment hub and give indigenous job seekers a foot in the door.

It is a Marist Youth Care (MYC) initiative where five of its Vocational Training and Employment Centre trainees at any one time get paid employment and skills training.

An ongoing partnership with PVS Workfind led to the successful implementation of MYCafe to create sustainable employment opportunities for indigenous trainees.

The menu includes soft drinks, hamburgers, pies, lasagne, steak and sausage sandwiches.

But it's the coffee and its famous egg and bacon rolls that are the hottest items.

"The tradies have been waiting for us to come in, and line up at the door every morning," cafe manager Steve Tropiano said.

Of the five trainees, two have already found permanent jobs, which gives an opportunity for others to work in the cafe.

"We hope to get 30 trainees through the cafe each year," Mr Tropiano said.

"They may not end up in a hospitality job but it gets them into the groove of work as many haven't been in the workforce for a long time."

The cafe is the start of a long relationship with Sydney Business Park.

"It's a mobile site at the moment but a cafe will the built here in the long run to feed 700-800 people," Mr Tropiano said.

"We hope to take the mobile cafe to different sites."

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