19 year old SLES (School Leaver Employment Support) participant Courtney Newbold had been training for a few weeks and has really shown her abilities.  Here is the touching moment Rob offers her a part-time job, caught on camera.

Courtney is an extraordinary young girl who graduated from Dapto High School who would love to make and sell jewelery although she realised that she needs to earn money first. She chose Flagstaff to train in hospitality to enhance her employability and started in September of 2020.  She was 2020 Vocational Student of the Year - as a student with special educational needs.

She advocated for herself and others with autism, to allow them to continue their education in spite of their disability.  She broke a glass ceiling and had paved the way for others like herself to be given equal opportunity.  She has also spoken in front of father's groups in order to dispel myths and educate parents.  She would like to change the attitude towards autism to see the positive aspects and not look at the condition in a negative light.

Flagstaff Life Choices support facilitator Lindsey Crofts had an idea.  Her sister is good friends with Rob and Allen, who run the Corrimal RSL and Warilla Sports Club bistros.  She wondered if they would be willing to take on SLES participants for vocational training with the end goal of them being able to develop their hospitality skills as well as their social skills to be able to obtain open employment.

If you or someone you know would like to know more about Flagstaff SLES contact:

Sarah on 0439 552 122

We would all like to see more inclusivity in our local businesses.  It certainly makes good economic sense.  If you are a business and would like to know how you can be more inclusive, check www.did.org.au