Nicholas has always been interested in working in the hospitality industry. Late last year, Nicholas started doing work experience as a barista and waiter at Café at Lewers, a local café and restaurant in the Penrith and Blue Mountains area. Under the supervision of his manager, Steve, Nicholas has been doing a wide range of different jobs, including serving food, hosting customers, and taking orders.

Steve, the owner and manager of Café at Lewers, recently began providing work experience for Penrith Ability Options participants like Nicholas. His positive can-do approach to assisting people in the community has allowed him to be a leader in promoting and supporting inclusion for people with disability in the workforce.

Since Nicholas joined the team at Café at Lewers, Sharron, Nicholas’ WorkReady Consultant, has seen a huge improvement in his self-esteem. Nicholas has found Steve to be an amazing mentor and has learned a lot from him about how a business in the hospitality industry operates. Steve is thankful to the WorkReady team for ‘introducing him to such a wonderful human.’

“I’m really proud of Nicholas’ progress and commitment. He has been an absolute pleasure to work with.”

Steve has also been teaching Nicholas the art of making coffee, including the correct method of serving coffee from table to table.

Nicholas is loving his time working at Café at Lewers! He is currently studying Hospitality at TAFE and hopes to have a long-lasting career in the industry. We can’t wait to see Nicholas’ future shine and look forward to continuing to partner with Steve in providing work experience to Ability Options participants.

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