The Minister for Indigenous Affairs, Nigel Scullion, has congratulated last year’s graduates from the National Rugby League’s (NRL) successful School to Work (S2W) programme – almost all of whom have obtained employment or are pursuing further education.
Speaking at a graduation ceremony in Sydney today, Minister Scullion said that of the 206 participants who completed their Year 12 studies in 2016, 204 had jobs or were undertaking further studies.
“The NRL is a leader in supporting the aspirations of First Australians – on and off the footy field,” Minister Scullion said.
“The NRL S2W programme works with Indigenous students in Years 11 and 12 to help them identify their career goals, complete high school and then transition into employment or further studies needed to help them achieve their ambitions.
“The figures from last year are simply remarkable – with more than 99 per cent of the students who graduated successfully transitioning from school into the workforce or other studies. I congratulate all of graduates for this achievement.”
In May, the Minister announced that the Coalition Government was investing a further $6.3 million in the S2W programme to support 500 Indigenous students a year to complete their studies and find jobs.
This funding will allow the programme to continue to 31 March 2020 and doubles it from assisting 250 students to 500 students each year. The programme will operate in New South Wales, the Australian Capital Territory, Queensland and Victoria.
Today’s graduation ceremony was attended by about 50 of last year’s graduates along with members of their families.