What are live training environments?

Our live training environments are ‘living classrooms’, where people who are long-term unemployed can gain on-the-job work experience and  training.

They offer participants experience in back- and front-of-house hospitality services through Jesuit Community College.

All our live training environments are located in inner Melbourne, and include:

  • two social enterprise cafés – The Green at St Columbs and Ignite Café at Camberwell Library
  • our Kitchen Garden Project

How do our live training environments work?

1. We offer hospitality training for people experiencing long-term unemployment

Our social enterprise cafés and Kitchen Garden Project support long-term unemployed people to learn, train and take-up employment opportunities.

Our philosophy is simple – we do not employ people to make coffee, we make coffee to employ people.

The Green at St Columbs foodThe Green at St Columbs

Since 2014, The Green at St Columbs has run practical training programs through its professional café and kitchen.

Over two-thirds of the café’s training participants engage in further study or employment – more than three times the average employment services industry standard.

The Green’s live training environment allows participants to:

  • work alongside experienced hospitality professionals
  • learn skills including customer service, food preparation and money handling
  • gain hands-on experience in a commercial kitchen, serving delicious food and coffee seven days a week
  • develop confidence to make positive and lasting changes to their lives
Kitchen garden project by jesuit Social ServicesKitchen Garden Project

Our Kitchen Garden Project provides long-term unemployed people with experience working in a productive organic vegetable patch.

The project provides participants with a holistic approach to the food industry.

Participants gain skills in ecologically sustainable and responsible food production practices, such as:

  • closed loop systems – where the café’s organic waste is turned into compost and used to create garden beds
  • beekeeping – with honey harvested on-site to be sold at The Green café

Participants combine their food production and garden experience with work in The Green café and kitchen.

The project operates from The Green at St Columbs, as well as from a previously vacant block a few minutes’ walk from the café.

Ignite Café at Camberwell LibraryIgnite Cafe at Camberwell Library

Our Ignite Café at the Camberwell Library provides a welcoming place for the community to meet, as well as opportunities for people to train.

People experiencing long-term unemployment train in basic food preparation skills and customer service.

The Library and café complement each other and are a popular meeting spot for the local community.

2. We create dynamic, welcoming and socially inclusive spaces for local communitiesTheGreen@StColumbs by Jesuit Social Services

Our social enterprise cafés provide a place for all people to gather, share ideas and connect.

It is with this sense of community that our participants produce and prepare food; and through these spaces that we help build stronger, more robust communities.

3. We care for the natural environment, upon which all life depends

Our commitment to a just society also extends to caring for the natural environment.

Our cafés embrace ecologically sustainable and responsible practices, including operating a closed loop system to manage our resources and work towards a zero-waste operation.

We also source our fresh produce direct from farmers, fostering partnerships of interdependence with our cafe and the broader community.

How can I refer people to live training environments?

PrintThe Green at St Columbs

5 St Columbs St Hawthorn VIC | Tel: (03) 9819 0890 | Email: thegreen@jss.org.au

Camberwell Ignite Cafe

340 Camberwell Rd Camberwell VIC | Tel: (03) 9882 6271 | Email: ignite.catering@jss.org.au