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Afford trainers of our SLES (School Leaver Employment Support) program encourage trainees to take the initiative and have confidence in their abilities. It is this supportive and positive learning environment that allows trainees to explore their work interests and take on new challenges.

Set Your Entrepreneurial Spirit Free

In the lead up to Father’s Day, our SLES trainees, along with their trainers, organised Father’s Day Pop-Up Markets across all the SLES sites.

The trainees from the Prestons site invited employees from Afford’s Australian Disability Enterprises (ADEs), as well as nearby Day Program clients were invited to visit the Pop-Up Market. There were lots of bargains to spoil dad, as well as a fun filled day.

As with many SLES entrepreneurial ventures, this wasn’t an ordinary pop-up market. The spread of Father’s Day gifts included dad themed hats, novelty mugs and drink coasters. Trainees also took the time to hand-make Father’s Day cards to add a special, personalised element to the product showcase.

Think Outside The Box

As a bonus, the trainees extended the appeal of their products by allowing customers to design a t-shirt! It was an innovative idea that drew more customers to their market and meant that customers stayed longer – and possibly spent extra money! Thinking like true entrepreneurs!

The day wasn’t just about selling Father’s Day gifts. The trainees also arranged Fun Food Court areas at their sites and exciting activities to be staged during the two hours that the pop-up market was held.

Prestons SLES activities included carnival games, such as a darts tournament, with winners receiving a prize. There was also a lolly guessing jar. For added fun, the team incorporated a cool photo studio with a green screen so that customers could be photo-shopped into a postcard for Dad. The food court had an American style Hotdog stall, the AFFORD-able Sandwich Shop, and a cookie shop, to name a few.

Develop Your Budgeting and Customer Skills

Along with the fun, the day was also a great lesson in budgeting and customer interaction. Manning the Pop-Up Market cash register, trainees had to welcome customers, attend to their requests and then handle payment and change. They performed all these tasks with confidence and with a smile!

The SLES Father’s Day Pop-Up Market was a huge success! It drew customers from across Afford businesses. Father’s Day gifts were sold out and everyone had fun getting involved in the activities on the day.

The best thing about the Pop-Up Father’s Day Market? All the money raised from sales will go towards the SLES end of year celebration outing to the Sydney Aquarium. It’s a place that all the trainees love and suggested for their end of year celebration.

This entrepreneurial spirit is welcomed and encouraged throughout SLES. The two-year program provides school leavers with the chance to learn more about work-life and develop their skills while making friends along the way.

Find out how SLES can help you prepare for the workforce.