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Campbellfield, VIC
0414 946 343

Areas Serviced

Mark's coffee van services Melbourne's North including: Campbellfield, Somerton, Craigieburn, Epping, Woolert, Donnybrook, Woodstock & Eden Park.

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What do you love about being on the Cafe2U team?

February sees us entering into our third year with Cafe2U and still one of the great things about being part of the Cafe2U team is that as a Franchise Partner we are in business for ourselves but not by ourselves! 

Cafe2U is a well recognised brand with an award-winning coffee blend.  I have found that there is lots of brand loyalty out there and am regularly coming across people who have enjoyed a Cafe2U coffee from another operator and are eager to buy a coffee from me.

What did you do before Cafe2U?

Mark worked for 11 years in various IT roles including customer service and sales. Carolyn is an Office Manager for a group of electrical, maintenance and data cabling contracting companies.

What's your favourite Cafe2U moment?

An early favourite moment was driving into a customer site to be greeted by a sign on a car park outside the front door saying “RESERVED FOR COFFEE VAN”!  What a great feeling it was to see how much they were looking forward to their morning Cafe2U coffee break.

More recently being awarded the Victorian Cafe2U Franchisee of the Year 2011 was a real privilege and honour.  Thank you to all my loyal customers who contributed to this success. 

We are launching a 2nd van into the area to service those customers who we have been unable to accommodate in the last 12 months.  This will be a highlight for 2012 I’m sure.

What's your favourite Cafe2U drink?

A good old cappuccino is a long time favourite for Mark, but now he also really enjoys a caramel latte delight. Carolyn's favourite Cafe2U drink is any one that she doesn't have to make for herself! She generally prefers a cafe latte. For something different we both enjoy a soy chai latte as a great drink to relax with.

What do you do to be involved in your local community?

We can be regularly seen at community and fundraising events for pre-schools, fire authorities and sporting clubs.  During 2010 & 2011 we have supported our customers’ activities in fundraising for the Cancer Council with Australia’s Biggest Morning Tea & Melbourne Mother’s Day Classic which raises funds for Breast Cancer research.

We look forward to other opportunities to work with our local community and invite sporting clubs and community groups to give us call to discuss how we can be of assistance.

Supporting community groups and fundraisers is one of the privileges of being a local Cafe2U Franchise Partner.

Cafe2U Campbellfield was invited to attend the Hume Relay For Life event, which raises funds to support the Cancer Council. Every dollar raised at Relay For Life helps the Cancer Council.

Mark & Carolyn were awarded Franchise of the Year for Victoria - 2011 at the Cafe2U Annual Conference held in Auckland, New Zealand.

Mark features in this story in: The Herald Sun, the Daily Telegraph, The Courier Mail and the Adelaide Advertiser.

Skills shortages can, be met if workers transfer their abilities to new industries, writes Daniel Hoy.

TRADING UP: Cafe2U franchise owner Mark Andrews transferred his skills into the hospitality industry

The skills shortage is the hottest issue on the employ­ment landscape today. But what skills are in short­age? What jobs are available?

 A survey by Right Manage­ment finds these are questions that more than 50 per cent of Australian jobseekers ask. It shows 53 per cent of them wanted to change industries when moving into a new role, with 49 per cent turning that wish into a reality. To do so, they have a better chance by meeting skills vacancies in the industry and transferring skills they hold. Regional general manager Bridget Beattie says the trend towards industry moves has been growing for some time. "Jobseekers are becoming increasingly savvy about where their skills are rel­evant," Beattie says.

 To increase your chances:

KNOW what you can offer. Audit your skills. Pull together some examples of how those skills have been used in differ­ent fields and the experiences you have that would assist you in a new role in a new industry.

RESEARCH the industry. Show you understand the in­dustry you want to move into by reading widely for current events, trends, challenges and industry news.

ACKNOWLEDGE soft skills. When assessing your skills, make sure you include readiness to learn new skills.

Having a clear idea of your career goals and the learning and development required to get there will help prove to employers that you are both eager and well motivated, with a willingness to learn.

 A new government body is being fast-tracked to match workers to industries with high demand. The Skills Connect initiative will link apprentice­ship, workplace literacy and training programs.

 Cafe2U franchise owner Mark Andrews. 53. has transferred his skills into an indus­try in need, retraining as a barista after tiring of spending all day in an office. Andrews says it is easier for mature workers to gain new skills: "It is never too late to learn something new..."