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An aspiring military man

08 March 2022
Male concrete mixer

16-year-old Josh* wants to join the army but 12 months ago it wasn’t looking promising.

Josh wasn’t at school, wasn’t engaged, was very shy, had low self-esteem and little confidence. His mother turned to Youth Service for help, hoping some professional intervention would give Josh the support he desperately needed.

Despite the fact that Josh had a desire to join the army he needed some qualifications, so he was encouraged to enrol with Literacy Aotearoa and has since earned literacy and numeracy credits. He’s taken driving lessons and now has his Restricted driving licence.

This is been a remarkable turnaround for the young man and his Youth Coach, Philippa, is incredibly proud of what he’s achieved to date.

“In just over 12 months, Josh has gone from being shy and timid to having a lot more confidence," says Philippa. "His work with Literacy Aotearoa has given him a sense of achievement and his future is looking far more positive.”

Josh secured part-time work as a kitchenhand and he saved enough money (after doing some budgeting training) to buy himself a car. He is now working as a concrete apprentice and is part of a large public building project.

“Josh is doing extraordinarily well. He’s come a long way over the past year and is a fine role model for his younger siblings.”

While Josh hasn’t yet applied to get into the army, the skills and qualifications he now has will set him in good stead for a future as a military man.

*Names and photos have been changed to protect privacy

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