What is the School to Work Program?
The School To Work Program (S2W) is an education and employment program that utilises the positive profile of the game of Rugby League to support and encourage young Indigenous Australians to stay at school, get a job, and be a legend for themselves, their families and their communities.
A combined initiative of the Canberra Raiders, Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs, Cronulla Sharks, Melbourne Storm, Newcastle Knights, Parramatta Eels, Penrith Panthers, St George Illawarra Dragons, Sydney Roosters, Wests Tigers, the Australian Government’s Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet and the National Rugby League; S2W provides young Indigenous Australians with work experience, mentoring and leadership opportunities to ensure they successfully complete school and transition into further study, training or meaningful employment.
The S2W Program is backed by an exceptional team of NRL players, staff, community, government and business supporters.
Why was the School to Work Program formed?
In 2012 the Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs, Parramatta Eels, Penrith Panthers, and Wests Tigers NRL Clubs joined forces to deliver the S2W Program to address the Australian Government’s key ‘Closing the Gap’ targets for Indigenous students in Western Sydney. They are:
Supported by community leaders, the Rugby League family and everyday ‘local legends’ who young Indigenous Australians respect and aspire to be like, the S2W program advocates the importance of education, training and employment for success.
In 2015 the School to Work Program was expanded and joined by the Canberra Raiders, Cronulla Sharks, Melbourne Storm, Newcastle Knights, St George Illawarra Dragons and the Sydney Roosters.
How does the School to Work Program work?
Selected year 10, 11 and 12 students from participating schools conduct a one-on-one profiling session with their Project Officer to build Career Development Plans focussed on career aspirations and personal goals.
Students work with their Project officers to pursue these plans by participating in educational, cultural and leadership workshops. They also visit club sponsors, partner organisations and other government and corporate supporters of S2W to undertake work experience and job-readiness training.
Graduating students are equipped to make informed choices about their future careers, are armed with exceptional leadership capabilities and have a solid foundation in ‘job readiness’ skills.
To help guide students through a smooth transition to life after school, the S2W Program continues for six months after they graduate, with close mentoring of their progress on a structured ‘post-school’ plan.
Why get involved in the School to Work Program?
How can I get involved in the School to Work Program?
Your involvement is limited only to your imagination. Here are just a few ideas:
To discuss opportunities for your business to partner with us, please find contact details below:
S2W Program Manager