The Interchange Outer East Prep4Work team are thrilled that Leigh has achieved SLES success with his goal of obtaining paid work in the hospitality sector.

With the support of support worker, Lee Bartlett in the IOE SLES (school leaver employment support) program, Leigh has completed food handling and barista training and is now working at The Blacksmith Café Patisserie in Belgrave. His role is varied and includes kitchen hand tasks and preparing smoothies and milkshakes; with more to come as his skills develop!

Leigh has grown in confidence over the past several months in preparation for this position. His support worker, Lee reflects how proud he was to put on his uniform for his first shift in the café. The focus for Leigh prior to looking for employment was around self-care, following instructions, managing tasks and workplace communication.

Leigh’s Mum says he was glowing when he returned home after work. He is already feeling well supported and part of the team at The Blacksmith Café.

For more information on the IOE Prep4Work program, contact linda.hull@ioe.org.au

Leigh working at The Blacksmith - SLES Leigh with his SLES support worker