It's a time for celebration as a group of talented individuals from HBNC’s Cook Brew Create program (funded by the Queensland Government’s Skilling Queenslanders for Work initiative) take a strong step into the workforce, proudly graduating with a Certificate II in Hospitality.

Their journey to success has been filled with hard work, dedication, and the unwavering support of the Hervey Bay Neighbourhood Centre (HBNC) team, particularly Lesa Stagg and Alana Boan, who have been champions of their growth and development every step of the way.

It was also an honour to have Hervey Bay MP, Adrian Tantari, attend their graduation ceremony on May 10th.

These graduates didn't just learn from textbooks; they rolled up their sleeves and gained invaluable hands-on experience at The Wandering Teapot social enterprise cafe and catering business.

From brewing the perfect cup of coffee to mastering the art of customer service, they've honed their skills in a real-world setting.

And let's not forget the theoretical side of things – thanks to Axiom College, they've been equipped with the knowledge and know-how to excel in any hospitality role.

Cate Akaveka, HBNC’s Enterprise and Development Manager, beamed with pride as she reflected on the graduates' journeys.

"We couldn't be prouder of what these students have achieved. Their passion, resilience, and eagerness to learn have been truly inspiring. Congratulations to each and every one of them on this incredible milestone,” Cate said.

The Skilling Queenslanders for Work program isn't just about getting a piece of paper – it's about empowering individuals to pursue their dreams and build a brighter future for themselves and their communities.

With their newfound skills and confidence, these graduates are ready to take on the world of hospitality, one smiling face and delicious dish at a time.

For further information about the Skilling Queenslanders for Work program and upcoming initiatives, please visit