Participants in the NRL School to Work program visited Raiders HQ this week to meet the team and watch them train.

The NRL School to Work program was developed in response to research demonstrating that Aboriginal youth who had not found an employment or training pathway six months after leaving school, had a significantly higher chance of being long term unemployed.

Andrew Fraser has been working out of Raiders HQ since August in his role as a School to Work Project Officer. The meet and greet with the Raiders players was the culmination of his work to date in recruiting 40 Indigenous students into the program.

The program has so far been extremely successful since its inception in 2012, with 98% of participants who have graduated through the program gaining meaningful employment or tertiary education. 

Indigenous Canberra Raiders player, Edrick Lee, spoke on the importance the program has in providing guidance and support for Indigenous youth.

“Most kids are afraid to tell someone their problems or if they are finding it hard at school. My biggest advice to youth is to approach someone about your problems. A program like this is great in providing support for Indigenous youth through the mentoring and career advice” Lee said.

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