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Introducing STREAT’s new Horticulture Youth Program!

STREAT, a Melbourne based social enterprise that runs work readiness programs for disadvantaged young people, is branching into new territory as they expand from hospitality youth training, into horticulture! The social enterprise, based in Collingwood, has supported over 3,114 young people since opening their doors in 2009. With 11 cafés and restaurants, along with a stall at the Alphington farmers markets on Sundays, they’re sowing their seeds in hopes of creating more sustainable, green jobs for young people in horticulture and its related fields.

STREAT’s Youth Programs for horticulture and hospitality include Intro to Work (a flexible, individual 8-week work experience with personalized support), Ready to Work (a 20-week group program covering work experience, life skills, personal support and a Cert II in hospitality or horticulture) and Paid to Work (a 6-month transition into open employment with STREAT employment partners, for STREAT graduates). Youth 16-24 who are interested and eligible for employment are welcome to apply to either of the horticulture or hospitality programs. They’ve also moved their Jobs Club online every Friday from 1pm-3pm so that young people can learn more about getting and succeeding in employment.

Young people who are interested in either Youth Program are encouraged to reach out to STREAT’s Youth Programs team by calling (03) 9629 4222 or emailing

If you’re a local horticulture business interested in getting involved ~ reach out! They’re always looking for ways to collaborate with local businesses ✨

STREAT is committed to building employment pathways for disadvantaged young people, follow along to watch their Horticulture Youth Program grow! @streatmelbourne

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