Ten staff with a disability have started work at Boronia Brew, a newly opened Brisbane Airport café operated as a social enterprise.

Operated by HELP Enterprises, the social enterprise is providing training for supported workers, in the hope that 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, which is used by those upgrading their skills at Aviation Australia, Qantas, Virgin Australia, LifeFlight Training Academy, QUT and Cabin Services Australia.  

“We were really looking for an operator with heart to bring great coffee and great food to our training precinct, and we are incredibly happy to work with HELP to provide opportunities for supported workers,” said 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,” de Graaff added. 

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