Alex was a participant in our federally funded Transition to Work support service.
He worked closely with his Employment Development Officer, as he made the difficult transition from compulsory education to employment.
Alex was identified as someone who would benefit from our new Intensive Youth “Pioneer” program, an 8 week program which develops resilience in participants by improving their self confidence and competiveness in the job market.
Alex thrived on the program’s unique curriculum, which integrated units from
our distinctive Transformative Agenda. The curriculum focuses on the individual’s
“strengths and assets” and coaches them to develop in areas often missed in
mainstream education such as resilience, situational problem solving, team
participation and positive communication.
His newly found confidence expanded his horizons to include wanting to help others overcome their challenges. Alex told us
“learning new skills all the time made me feel good”
and encouraged him to enrol in our Certificate III in Individual Support.
Alex’s father, Chris, inspired himself, by how much Alex enjoyed learning at Challenge, also enrolled in the Individual Support pathway. Chris told us that he
“noticed how Alex has come out of his shell and he is enjoying life and striving to do better. It’s really exciting. Alex told me about the opportunity, to enrol in the Individual Support pathway, I thought that’s fantastic, and if we can both do it together… even better! Challenge has given Alex and I a new direction. I’m excited to see what the future holds for us.”
Chris’s interest in the Individual Support work pathway grew from being injured in 2019 and experiencing firsthand a person’s vulnerability when needing assistance with daily tasks.
“I think the pathway is a great opportunity to help people.”