“Tell me, and I forget. Teach me, and I remember. Involve me, and I learn.” – Benjamin Franklin.

For many young school leavers, Afford’s SLES (School Leaver Employment Support) program is a chance to strengthen their unique abilities with one-on-one support and encouragement from trainers.

SLES Southport trainer, Christine, went the extra mile to ensure that trainee, Alivia, had the opportunity to learn new skills for the workplace, in a way that was stimulating and fun at the same time.

Alivia is a huge Harry Potter fan, so Christine organised for the next teamwork and cooperation lesson to have a Harry Potter style!

Dressed as the movie character, Ginny, Alivia walked into her SLES session gushing with excitement.

She and Christine began tackling the first part of the SLES module which covered teamwork. Alivia could relate how being creative, combining strengths and encouraging people to grow was demonstrated throughout the magical wizarding series.

Alivia related learning about teamwork in the workplace to saving the Sorcerer’s Stone in Harry Potter. In the movie, Harry uses his skills as a seeker to grab the key, Hermione uses a spell to get them out of the devil’s snare and Ron plays a life-sized game of chess. Working as a team, the trio progress into the next room and complete their task.

Breaking down many examples of teamwork in the movies helped Alivia expand her understanding of how to apply this in real-life work situations.

There were a whole host of activities for Alivia to complete for the teamwork and cooperation SLES module. Everything from quizzes, questionnaires and completing a jigsaw puzzle – Harry Potter themed, of course!

For the SLES module, Christine put together a PowerPoint presentation which showcased all the elements of teamwork and cooperation with relatable examples from the Harry Potter movies.

As a final task, Alivia and Christine developed a poster about teamwork that they can put up at their SLES site.

SLES is more than a stepping stone into employment for young people. It is a program that is designed to allow individuals to explore their interests, get support when they need it and extend their knowledge of the world and the workforce in ways that are fun and engaging.

Find out more about how out SLES program can provide support to find a job that suits you.

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