Emily Briffa, Organisation

CEO, Hamlet Inc

Emily Briffa is a social entrepreneur who believes that business can and should play a part in tackling entrenched social disadvantage.

When Emily moved to Hobart she noticed Tasmania’s high level of unemployment and left her job as a chef to co-found Hamlet in 2016, a not-for-profit social enterprise with a difference. Hamlet provides practical work experience and hands-on training placements to people who face employment barriers such as limited English, long-term unemployment, presence of a disability.

Hamlet has developed hands-on training programs for people seeking to gain experience in hospitality. More than 300 participants have completed over 24,000 hours of work experience and one third of participants have subsequently found paid employment. Hamlet is built on a foundation of community, a safe place where people can grow, learn and refine skills and empower themselves into the next chapter of their lives.

Emily works untiringly in fundraising, community outreach, program and training development, communications and marketing all while managing the social enterprises that Hamlet operates to support job seekers. She fosters self-confidence and hope in people who previously felt that their options were limited.



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