A year of hard work and effort has paid dividends for genU School Leaver Employment Support (SLES) participant David, as he realised his goal of finding ongoing paid employment.

David had been struggling for confidence and motivation after finishing school, leaving him disconnected from other people.

With the support of his mother Sharon, David decided to join genU’s SLES program in Frankston and began a comprehensive discovery process about his experience, interests, skills and goals.
Over the next 12 months, David developed a renewed sense of self-confidence and worked hard with support from his Employment Pathways Coordinator.

From left, David, genU Employment Pathways team leader Brooklyn, David’s mother Sharon and MatchWorks Employment Consultant Daniel.
From left, David, genU Employment Pathways team leader Brooklyn, David’s mother Sharon and MatchWorks Employment Consultant Daniel.

David’s activities included:

  • Improving his literacy skills, more specifically reading, writing and understanding work instructions.
  • Researching, enrolling and completing a course at Hand Brake Turn.
  • Securing work experience that assisted with upskilling and gaining further qualifications.
  • Linking with a mentor to increase his practical driving hours to work towards gaining his licence.

David’s confidence and ability to commit to tasks developed immensely, and he was able to secure a job interview with a local garden and maintenance business Simply Helping with help from Disability Employment Services (DES) provider MatchWorks.

The interview led to paid employment, and David could not be happier with his new job. Congratulations David on working so hard to achieve your goals! Everyone at genU and MatchWorks is proud of your success.

For more information about genU Employment Pathways, including School Leaver Employment Supports (SLES) check out the web page or contact us via phone 1300 558 368 or email contact@genu.org.au

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