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Canberra Raiders star Brett White and former player Alan Tongue held an event on Monday night as part of the NRL’s Trade up Program.

Brett White is the Raiders Apprentice Mentor and completed a plumbing apprenticeship as a young player, while Tongue also completed an apprenticeship as a Diesel Mechanic in his early years as an NRL player.

They spoke with the Raiders Apprentices and their employers to help them set goals as they juggle football commitments with completing a trade. 

Information on the Trade Up with the NRL Program

The “Trade up with the NRL” program is funded by the Australian Government through the Australian Apprenticeships Mentoring Package.

The focus of the program is to increase the retention and completion rates of Australian Apprentices particularly those involved in Rugby League. (currently 47% completion across all industries).

There are currently 360 apprentices approximately across the 15 Australian NRL Clubs who have signed up to the mentoring program. This includes players from the NRL, NYC, State League, 18’s and 16’s.

There are currently 25 Apprentice Mentors across the 15 Australian NRL Clubs many of whom are current or recently retired NRL players.

Mentors must have had experience in a rugby league environment (NRL) and must have started or completed a trade or similar relevant experience.

All mentors have undergone training relevant to this program including mentor training, Certificate 4 in Career Development and a Mental Health First Aid Certificate.

They draw on their experience along with relevant training and a range of strategies to assist the apprentice complete and achieve their goals.

They can also assist in building greater relationships between employers, Clubs staff, training groups, parents and the apprentices. 

Club mentors will meet with apprentices at an arranged time to help set goals, discuss any workplace issues and to provide support for the apprentice.

List of Raiders Apprentices

Jack Ahearn


Luke Bateman

Business Trainee

Morgan Boyle (SG)


Jack Creith

Teachers Aid

Scott Doyle

Business Trainee

Trae Clark

Business Trainee

Shaun Fensom


Isaac Hamad


Lachlan Hurst


Jarred Kennedy


Josh McCrone


Dylan McGrath


Jacob Palmer


Jono Kent


Jeffrey Lynch

Green Keeper

Patrick Mago

Business Trainee

Ben Maguire (SG)

Metal Work

Tevita Pangai

Business Trainee

Kilu Pangai

Business Trainee

Jed Pearce


Trent Schubach

Business Trainee

Mitchel Shaw


Brett Soloman

Air Conditioning

Jake Wheeler

Acknowledgement of Country

Canberra Raiders respect and honour the Traditional Custodians of the land and pay our respects to their Elders past, present and future. We acknowledge the stories, traditions and living cultures of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples on the lands we meet, gather and play on.