Young trainees recently participated in an inaugural NSW and QLD SLES (School Leaver Employment Support) interstate team challenge to build their communication, problem-solving and technology skills.

The fun and friendly competition was organised by SLES trainers to allow trainees to connect via Zoom and use the power of technology to develop essential skills for work and life.

With Harry Potter as the inspiration for the challenge, trainees were sent acceptance letters to the Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. The letters informed trainees that they would be connecting with their interstate peers for a Harry Potter themed digital escape room!

The only magic that they could use was the magic of teamwork!

Sites worked together to figure out clues. They put their communication and cooperation skills to the test and worked as teammates to apply out-of-the-box thinking to solve the challenges.

From figuring out the correct wand-waving formation to which potion was safe to drink, trainees put on their thinking caps (or sorting hats) to sort through the problems and make their way back to the safety of Hogwarts.

“Trainees had a lot of fun breaking codes. The challenge helped trainees build friendships and learn about new ways of interacting with others whether they are in the same room or a completely different part of the country,” said Tayla, SLES Vocational Trainer.

At the end of the challenge, trainees received a ‘SLES Degree of Wizardry and Teamwork’.

Find out more about Afford’s SLES program and how you can develop your skills for work in a supportive environment.

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