2020 was a year of survival in a lot of different ways. Our SLES (School Leaver Employment Support) trainees have adapted and overcome many disruptions and have continued to succeed.

Afford’s SLES program teaches resilience, empowerment and encourages trainees to have confidence in their abilities.

To showcase just how far trainees have come, SLES trainers organised an awesome SLES Survivor Team Challenge, to put trainee knowledge and skills to the test. The experience fostered team bonding, problem-solving and a whole lot of fun!

The challenge consisted of seven survivor style activities. The activities encouraged trainees to think critically, creatively and to develop communications skills that are vital for survival in the real world.

Challenges included creating a DIY shelter and simulation bonfire. Trainees also had to decode a message and strategize to secure resources in a ‘rob the resource’ competition.

Working as a team, trainees learned to prioritise items for survival and consider the things that they need over the things that they want.

In the end, a tribal council has held to determine the winners. There was friendly competition and good sportsmanship throughout the challenge.

“These team building activities help trainees develop their social skills as well as skills that can help them adapt and take on any challenge in life. SLES creates a supportive environment where trainees can learn through fun activities and become confident individuals in the workplace and in life,” said Tayla Clark, SLES Vocational Trainer/SLES Coordinator.

For young school leavers who are ready to take on new challenges in 2021, find out more about Afford’s SLES program and how it can support you to achieve your goals.

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