STREAT is a social enterprise that provides marginalised young people with supported training and employment pathways into jobs in the food industry.
STREAT, Collingwood, Melbourne
The Harris family supports STREAT a social enterprise that provides marginalised young people with supported training and employment pathways into jobs in the food industry.
In 2013, the Harris family purchased a property, Cromwell Manor, in Collingwood and gifted its use to STREAT for 50 years. The dream was for it to be developed into a flagship site where STREAT could train and support 365 young people each year. 66 Cromwell Street is now STREAT’s headquarters and has been redeveloped into a youth training academy, 80-seat cafe, artisan bakery, coffee roastery, catering business, function venue and head office.
In STREAT’s Ready to Work 6-month program young people receive over 500 hours of personal support, accredited vocational training and work experience. At the end of this program graduates can transition into the 6-month Paid to Work program gaining an additional 700 hours of support and paid employment with an industry partner. In its first decade STREAT worked intensively with over 500 young people, and engaged over 2,500 more young people in its short courses and outreach activities. Across this same time it successfully demonstrated its ability to scale its business model to achieve financial sustainability. STREAT is recognised nationally as a leading social enterprise and has won over 20 awards for its innovative work.