Student gains employment after work placement at Seta’s Cafe

Ingleburn High student Tiarna Francis is in Year 11 and studying Hospitality as one of her HSC subjects.

This course requires students to attend compulsory work placement to attain both their Higher School Certificate and a Certificate II in Hospitality (Food and Beverage).

Seta’s Café Campbelltown has been part of the MWLP Work Placement Program since it opened in 2015. They recently celebrated their third birthday.

Owner/operator Seta Berbari is passionate about the program and offers one student every week the opportunity to learn ‘hands-on’ in her café.

Seta believes the program is a win/win, offering benefits to both the student and employer and she encourages all businesses to give it a go.

“I urge the students to ask questions and learn as much as they can in the week they are with the host. I treat the students like my own children. The students get to experience the workplace, sometimes for the first time ever and the business gets a young person with skills to assist them. The students can also add value to the business.”

“It is also a great way to interview potential new staff as you get to see them in action” adds Seta.

Tiarna chose Seta’s Café for her work placement and undertook many tasks including cleaning, polishing cutlery, prepping food, assisting with cooking, presentation and customer service.

Seta (left) with Tiarna

Tiarna said “I really enjoyed my week and learnt a lot. I was determined and committed.”

It seems her determination paid off as Seta has now offered Tiarna casual work on weekends in her café.

MWLP’s Work Placement Consultant for Industry, Peter Miller says “Work placement really does work. We see many students excel during their work placement, resulting in employment and working with passionate hosts, like Seta, is an absolute pleasure. In fact, Seta has just signed up to the program for another year.”

If your business would like to know how the work placement program can benefit your business please visit or phone MWLP on 4625 1863. The students are fully insured and FREE!

About MWLP Linking Youth:

MWLP is a not-for-profit community organisation. Its work focuses on improving education and transition outcomes for all young people; especially in preparing them for the world of work, nurturing aspiration, career management and entrepreneurialism, whilst simultaneously addressing the ongoing needs of business.

Media relations contact: Sue Scobie Ph 0438 046 293 or email

25 October 2018