ANDREW Sullivan had "always struggled'' at school and despite attempts by his Mum, Karen, to help him improve his literacy skills, it seemed he was destined to fail.
That was until he took part in the MULTI-LIT (Making Up Lost Time In Literacy) program and now, thanks to the Gladstone Tutorial Centre, Andrew has begun his first year as an apprentice fitter and turner, continuing a family tradition by working at Queensland Alumina Limited (QAL).
Andrew was amongst the first intake of students which took part in the Tutorial Centre's intensive literacy program in 2001 and according to friends and family he "hasn't looked back since''.
"He'd always been a struggler, and since Year 2 we had him in every intervention program and teacher's aid support initiative we could find, but it wasn't until he took part in MULTI-LIT that things really started to change,'' Mrs Sullivan said.
She said apart from improvements in his school work, Andrew also had more self-confidence after taking part in the program, and was more willing to "have a go at any challenges he faced'' . But having taken part in the Gladstone Tutorial Centre's MULTI-LIT program four years ago, Andrew has now begun a four year apprenticeship at QAL.
"The change in him was noticeable almost straight away ? he could interact better and had more confidence in his ability to communicate, and now he has really come out of his shell and has a lot more self esteem,'' she said.