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NRL hosts Indigenous careers expo in Dubbo

Ministers:

Senator the Hon Mark Arbib
Minister for Employment Participation
Minister Assisting the Prime Minister for Government Service Delivery

National Rugby League stars will be in Dubbo today to encourage young Indigenous Australians to focus on their future. As part of the Learn. Earn. Legend! initiative, NRL players are joining forces with leading businesses to promote employment, training and education positions to young Indigenous job seekers. Minister for Employment Participation Mark Arbib said the Dubbo Careers Expo was one of four Learn. Earn. Legend! expos being held in New South Wales this year.

“This Expo will bring together industry, local businesses, job services providers, schools and tertiary institutions in Dubbo,” Senator Arbib said. “This is a fantastic opportunity for Indigenous job seekers and students to explore real work and training prospects with employers, as well as meeting NRL stars. “I am delighted that stars of rugby league have partnered with businesses and the Australian Government, to promote Learn. Earn. Legend! and successful education and employment outcomes for young Australians.”

Senator Arbib said theLearn. Earn. Legend!campaign kicked off at this year’s inaugural NRL Indigenous All Stars game.

“The Government’s goal throughLearn. Earn. Legend!is to encourage young Indigenous Australians to have a go, stay at school and ensure a pathway to employment,” Senator Arbib said.

“We know that the best thing all kids can do is get a good education, because the more education you have, whether that be finishing year 12, completing a TAFE qualification, an apprenticeship or a tertiary qualification, the more likely you are to get a good job.”

Almost 300 Indigenous school students from across the Dubbo region are expected to attend the expo, to meet NRL football greats and get ‘hands on’ experience at industry workshops such as banking, construction, defence, tourism and many more. The Australian Government has provided $430,000 in funding to the NRL and Corporate Culcha, which will support the four NSW Indigenous Careers Expos in 2010. More information on Learn Earn Legend! can be found at www.deewr.gov.au/indigenous