A Recipe for Success: Lincoln’s Path to Becoming a Chef with are-able SLES Program in Swan Hill

A Recipe for Success: Lincoln’s Path to Becoming a Chef with are-able SLES Program in Swan Hill

are-able uncovers a remarkable story of determination and achievement in Swan Hill. Meet Lincoln, a 21-year-old with autism who, with unwavering dedication and support from are-able, transformed his dreams into reality.

Lincoln’s journey began with the School Leaver Employment Supports (SLES) program offered by are-able, where he gained work experience as a cleaner at the Murray Downs Golf & Country Club. His ambition and relentless work ethic soon caught the eye of the club’s head chef, Jeremy Johnson. Recognising Lincoln’s potential, Jeremy offered him a full-time apprentice chef position in the kitchen.

Transitioning from a cleaner to an apprentice chef presented its challenges, but Lincoln’s tenacity and determination shone through every step of the way. Throughout this transformative journey, are-able provided crucial assistance and support.

One significant milestone for Lincoln was obtaining his driver’s license. Lincoln’s Employment Consultant, Jacki Watts, worked closely with Lincoln to prepare him for his driving test. With practice sessions and the use of a company car, Lincoln achieved success on his first attempt, gaining his P’s—a significant step towards independence.

Lincoln’s dedication and hard work have paid off. He now thrives as an apprentice chef at Murray Downs Golf & Country Club. His journey showcases the transformative power of tailored support and unwavering determination.

Jeremy commends Lincoln’s work ethic and willingness to contribute to the team, “Lincoln is a hard worker who always puts in 110%. He is reliable and always willing to help. Lincoln is a great addition to our team.”

Lincoln’s future goals include homeownership and car ownership, and with his track record, there’s no doubt he will achieve them.

Lincoln’s story is a testament to the potential that can be unlocked with determination and the right support. are-able couldn’t be prouder of his achievements and are confident in his continued success in his apprenticeship.

Lincoln’s journey is a shining example of what can be accomplished when individuals are empowered. To learn more about how are-able can support you on your pursuit towards meaningful employment, contact our team today!