Jo learns life skills through dessert!

Jo and her Support Worker recently took advantage of the Thrive Kitchen training space at Mai-Wel LabourForce Solutions in Maitland to bake a delicious apple and cinnamon slice!

Learning how to get around the kitchen and baking something yummy is great practice for building skills for both work and home life, particularly literacy and numeracy skills when following a recipe.

Jo found a recipe for apple and cinnamon slice she wanted to make and to begin, she and her Support Worker went to Woolworths to purchase the ingredients needed for the recipe. While at the shops, Jo made sure to follow the COVID-19 guidelines by wearing a mask and sanitising her hands. Using the self-serve checkout independently, Jo was able to practice her finance skills.

Upon returning to the Thrive Kitchen, Jo prepared her ingredients and mixed everything together. Next she put the mixture onto a tray and into the oven to cook until golden. After waiting patiently for the apple and cinnamon slice to cool, Jo sliced it up and enjoyed her delicious dessert!

Next, Jo is looking forward to trying out a cauliflower casserole recipe.

Jo is a participant of Mai-Wel’s Step Up Transition and Employment Service delivered in Maitland and Cessnock. The service offers individualised and group support for up to two years after finishing Year 12, to build capacity and develop employment skills and confidence for school leavers to find and sustain employment.

For more information about Step Up or Mai-Wel’s other working life initiatives, visit Mai-Wel LabourForce Solutions or contact the team ono 4015 8400 or