Maningrida’s Roller Door Café
A very remote café has become a learning resource for students interested in careers in the food and hospitality industry.
The Roller Door Café is being operated by 20 Maningrida Community College students, largely from years 10, 11 and 12, who are undertaking Certificate 1 Kitchen Operations and Certificate 1 Hygiene in the Workplace.
Students at the Arnhem Land coffee shop are honing their skills as baristas and producers of sweet and savoury snacks, and developing expertise in customer service, bookkeeping, hygienic food storage, and the use of an EFTPOS terminal.
Teacher and program leader, Ntina Daglasdur said: “Barista jobs are in demand at the local supermarket and the Maningrida Art Centre, and there are hospitality apprenticeships at Dhukurrdji Lodge and the local aged care centres.
“The café has been running since the beginning of the year, and is proving to be a popular and highly effective training facility.
“It is well patronised by school staff, and employees of the local shire office and the Bawinanga Aboriginal Corporation office.
“During the wet season the café operates from the school’s food technology room, and in the dry season it services tourists at the Maningrida Art Centre.”
The name Roller Door Café was prompted by the installation of a roller door to permit service delivery from the food technology room.