Much loved Canberra-based business Krofne has today, alongside Whitmur Advisors and GenU Training, received $200,000 from the Federal Government to collaborate on the development of two accredited training courses for the hospitality industry as part of the Government’s disability employment initiative.
Known to many Canberrans for their kiosks in shopping centres across the Territory, Krofne is a doughnut bakery employing many bright young Canberrans with an intellectual disability, and was launched in 2016 by Canberran Danijela Vrkic.
Senator for the ACT Zed Seselja said today’s announcement recognised the fantastic achievements of Danijela and Krofne, giving young Canberrans an opportunity of a meaningful job.
“Krofne started when Danijela wanted to give her son Anthony, who has Down Syndrome, the opportunity to experience the rewards having a job can bring,” Senator Seselja said.
“Last year I had the absolute pleasure of meeting Danijela and Anthony at their pop-up kiosk in the Canberra Centre, and it was great to see when they moved to online delivery in the height of COVID, they were greeted with overwhelming support from the community.”
“This included many satisfied Government Senators when I placed an order for our Party Room in April – something that has now become a feature in every sitting week since. The love for Krofne doughnuts in the Senate has even crossed Party lines – Senator Lambie has been known to usurp the rare leftover doughnut after our weekly morning tea!”
“The absolute pride Anthony had in his job when I met him last year was inspiring, and I am pleased the Government has recognised Danijela’s success, and using her learning to give more opportunities to other young people.”
Pilot programs of the training courses will initially be rolled out throughout the ACT, Victoria and New South Wales.