Local 'Learn Earn Legend! School to Work" Class of 2012 celebrates graduation
Tuesday 18 December 2012 1:24 PM
Rugby League has paid tribute to the inaugural ‘Learn Earn Legend! School to Work’ Western Sydney Year 12 Graduates at a function at ANZ Stadium.
Penrith Panthers Indigenous Program Manager Glen Liddiard joined NRL Interim Chief Executive, Mr Shane Mattiske, Indigenous All Stars Coach Laurie Daley and NRL-RLPA Academic Team of the Year member Luke Burt, as they took part in the celebrations with students and families to talk about the importance of pursing higher education and career pathways.
“Rugby League is strongly committed to improving the lives of young Indigenous Australians and this morning’s graduation function is the perfect example of all areas of the game working together to achieve results,” Mr Mattiske said.
“This morning we shared breakfast with program graduates, NRL and Club representatives from the Bulldogs, Panthers, Wests Tigers, Eels, Toyota Cup team members, corporate partners and government representatives.
“As a game we understand and embrace our role in closing the gap on Indigenous disadvantage and we are pleased with our progress to date.
“In 2011, 427 students (68% of a total 626) successfully transitioned into further education, training or employment through the School to Work programs taking place in our NRL clubs in Queensland, Newcastle and now Western Sydney.
“We currently have an additional 970 student engaged in the program, which is an outstanding result,” Mr Mattiske said.
The Learn Earn Legend School to Work program was developed to create successful career pathways for Indigenous students in Years 11 and 12 in participating schools across Western Sydney and is a combined initiative of the NRL, the Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations (DEEWR) and western Sydney-based Rugby League clubs.
The Minister for Indigenous Employment and Economic Development Julie Collins congratulated the graduates on their fantastic achievement.
“Programs like the National Rugby League’s School to Work Program are an important part of the Learn Earn legend initiatives.
“The initiatives encourage and support young Indigenous Australians to stay at school, get a job and be a legend for themselves, their family and their community.
“Our $1.2 million commitment to the School to Work Program over three years is part of the Australian Government’s $650 million Indigenous Employment Program,” said Ms Collins.
The Penrith Panthers would like to congratulate the graduates from the following local high schools. Well done!
Doonside High School:
Jamison High School:
Loyola Senior High School:
Plumpton High School:
St. Dominic's College: