As 2021 comes to a close, SLES trainee David has enjoyed all the fun and excitement of graduating high school. Attending his graduation ceremony, formal and giving his school captains speech are all precious moments he will carry into adulthood. David has matured into a vibrant and confident young man who has come a long way since joining Afford in 2019.

Afford’s SLES (School Leaver Employment Supports) trainers work with you to achieve your goals and support you as you move into work or further study. Just like they have with David.

After accessing Afford’s Allied Health services, including speech therapy, occupational therapy and psychology, David built up the confidence to join the Caboolture SLES program earlier this year.

“David set a goal last year to pursue becoming school captain. Through sheer determination, having a can-do attitude and great support around him, he gave his speech and was successfully nominated as school captain,” said Team Leader for Allied Health Queensland, Karina Johnson.

As the school captain, he was responsible for giving two speeches, one to the school and one to his peers.

“His speeches were the last ones presented and they were a real hit. David’s family were so excited about his progress that they dropped in at Caboolture Hub to say thank you and so he could show off his formal wear. We had a mini party at the hub, where everyone who has been a part of David’s journey could join in or Facetime him,” continued Karina.

David was one of the first SLES participants in the Moreton Bay region and he came to Afford with aspirations to improve his confidence and build work-ready skills.

“David was a pioneer by paving the way of part-time SLES while still attending school. He has recently commenced SLES three days a week and is currently looking at work pathways,” said Karina.

Well done David, we are excited to see what the future holds for you!

Learn more about how you can enter 2022 with confidence through Afford’s SLES program and start working towards your goals for the new year.

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