Luke*, 17, was being supported by SYFS as he was suffering for a range of personal issues and family breakdown. This had led to Luke disengaging form School and becoming quite withdrawn in the community and had little social interactions with peers.
Luke was referred to SYFS Employment Educational and Training Program (Network) from SYFS Family Services for support. After talking to Luke about options and goals, it was clear he did not wish to return to school and wanted to focus on gaining employment.
Network assisted with a number of Employability skills workshops including developing a resume and his interview skills. Network were also able to connect Luke to a training opportunity with the Australian Retail Association to complete a Certificate II in Retail and gain work experience.
Though a little reluctant and nervous about this, Luke attended and with a range of supports from Network, completed the course. These supports included homework support and materials required. As part of the training, Luke also gained valuable work experience. His manager was impressed by his attitude and work ethic and following the course was offered employment. This has been very positive experience for Luke in other areas, as he also made friendships and social connections from the retail course and via his employment. This has allowed him to engage in community activities. His relationship with his family has also improved. Luke has plans to complete further TAFE courses in 2019 and gain further qualifications.