Student file: Jamahl Reuben

Dream, Believe, Achieve: Jamahl Reuben believes he can achieve anything

When high school came to an end, Jamahl Reuben wasn’t sure what to do next. Jamahl had always struggled with his self-confidence and found the idea of joining the work force extremely daunting.

Jamahl’s father suggested he sign up to the Dream, Believe, Achieve program.

Dream, Believe, Achieve is a training program run by Allara Learning and the North Queensland Cowboys in Townsville. The program is aimed at providing quality hospitality training, awarding students with industry-related skills and a nationally recognised SIT30616 Certificate III in Hospitality. Professional trainers from Allara Learning deliver a mix of classroom-based and hands-on learning, while individualised support is provided by a dedicated indigenous Cowboys mentor.

Participants also undertake work experience at local venues, giving them the opportunity to put their newly developed skills into practice. Once they complete their training, students are assisted in gaining paid employment in the industry.

Less than one month after completing the program – at just nineteen years old – Jamahl had a Certificate III in Hospitality and was offered employment as a food and beverage attendant at Brothers Leagues Club in Townsville.

Jamahl said, “it was great to know that I could sign up for a program that would support me not only with training, but with possible employment after I had completed my studies.”

“My trainers did a terrific job. They encouraged me to step out of my comfort zone and to believe in myself. I feel like I have a lot more confidence now… since completing the program, I feel like I can achieve anything!”

Jamahl also remarked the program not only helped him to gain a qualification and find a job, but it helped him to meet new people, build new friendships and grow in confidence.

“In school, I wasn’t the type of person who was confident… I liked to keep to myself”, he said.

“My trainers did a terrific job. They encouraged me to step out of my comfort zone and to believe in myself. I feel like I have a lot more confidence now… since completing the program, I feel like I can achieve anything!”

In just a few short months, Jamahl has overcome his self-confidence barriers in ways that he never imagined. One of his proudest moments recently was standing up in front of over one hundred people to speak about his Dream, Believe, Achieve journey.

“To see Jamahl grow has been inspiring and demonstrates to others that anyone can not only achieve their goals, but change their lives for the better.”

Dream, Believe, Achieve trainer Arthur Burchett said:

“To watch Jamahl grow from being very shy to someone who can now speak in front of over one hundred people showed that this wasn’t just a Certificate III course for him – this was a confidence booster and about gaining life skills. To see Jamahl grow has been inspiring and demonstrates to others that anyone can not only achieve their goals, but change their lives for the better.”

To other school leavers who might be unsure about their future, Jamahl said; “If you want something, go and get it! If I can achieve it, why can’t you?”

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Case study: Cowboys - Dream, Believe, Achieve

North Queensland Cowboys team up with Allara Learning to build careers & futures

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Since the club’s inception in 1995, the North Queensland Toyota Cowboys have navigated the highs and lows of professional sport to emerge as a strong contender within the National Rugby League competition and a cornerstone of the North Queensland economy. Local community programs and initiatives are a key part of the club’s identity.

“Quality training provides the best platform for individuals to launch their career in their industry of choice. Whether returning to the work force, changing career pathways or just formalising industry skills with accreditation, the combination of quality training and mentor support that then links to paid employment is a model that works”

Greg Tonner
CEO, North Queensland Toyota Cowboys

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