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North Queensland Cowboys team up with Allara Learning

Posted on April 18, 2016

North Queensland Cowboys team up with Allara Learning

Student and mother of three Tina Newman says she is doing this course to further her knowledge and skills in the hospitality industry and to provide more for her family and herself. Photographed with North Queensland Cowboys player Ray Thompson.

North Queensland Cowboys have teamed up with Allara Learning to help 20 unemployed local Indigenous Australians achieve their employment dreams through the North Queensland Cowboys’ Dream, Believe, Achieve hospitality training program. With support from the Queensland Government Department of Education and Training, Allara Learning in partnership with North Queensland Cowboys will deliver an intensive hospitality training course with the aim of channeling unemployed people straight into jobs.

The 6-week intensive program is held at the North Queensland Cowboys’ home ground, 1300SMILES Stadium.

Professional trainers from Allara Learning will deliver a mix of classroom-based and hands-on instruction to the students, while individualised support is provided by a dedicated Cowboys mentor. The venue provides real working environments with working restaurants, bars and food preparation areas. Past and present players from the Cowboys’ will also visit the classes to encourage and inspire the trainees.

On completion of the training program the students will graduate with a nationally recognised qualification in hospitality and will then transition into industry placements and be mentored and supported into paid employment.

The training component of the course will conclude with a gala breakfast 27 May at which graduates will showcase their newly acquired skills. Key industry leaders, government officials and prospective employers will be invited to the event.

“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,” CEO of North Queensland Cowboys, Greg Tonner said.

The North Queensland Cowboys are committed to making a positive contribution to the local community said Andrew Lewis, CEO of Allara Learning.

“We are very proud to be partnering with Cowboys. The Dream, Believe, Achieve program is a tremendous initiative and can make a genuine and lasting difference to someone’s life.” The program commences on 05 April 2016 with the training component finishing with the graduation and breakfast on 27 May 2016.


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