100% Knights to create career pathways for Aboriginal
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100% Knights is new program to help Aboriginal students
build pathways from school towards successful careers.
The program is for Aboriginal students in years 10, 11,
and 12 living in the Upper Hunter Valley.
100% Knights is a combined
effort of the
National Rugby League (NRL),
Thethe Coal Allied/ Newcastle Knights (Rugby Team)
the Federal Department of
Employment and Workplace Relations
Rob Tew, Chairman, Newcastle
“Our aim is that students in this program will
firstly complete their senior schooling, and then go
onto further study, training, or meaningful employment.
"We want to make a real and lasting difference to the
lives of these students by helping them to set career
goals and then supporting them along the pathway to
Cam Halfpenny, Mine General
“Education and training are a key focus of our
Alliance partnership, which aims to build stronger, more
sustainable local communities in the Hunter Valley.
"Each student will gain unique learning opportunities
such as industry-based mentoring, field trips, and work
experience opportunities in their chosen career.
"We’ll work with students through school and then into
the following critical six month period, as they embark
on their pathway towards a career."
“We hope the targeted support, resources, and
opportunities that each student will receive from the
program will have a huge impact on their confidence and
ability to reach their career goals.”
Smiley Johnstone, Australian Rugby
League Indigenous Council Chairman said the program was inspired by the
first NRL Indigenous All Stars competition last year:
“The NRL is committed to working with DEEWR and NRL
clubs to build school to work transition programmes,
that are designed to encourage Indigenous youth to stay
in school and seek further education and employment.
“100% Knights is a perfect example of this type of
program and with the right support, resources, and
opportunities, we look forward to seeing 100% Knights
play a significant role in ‘closing the gap’ in the
The 100% Knights program is open to the following
Merriwa Central School
Muswellbrook High School
Scone Grammar School
Scone High School
Singleton Christian College
Singleton High School
St Catherine’s Catholic College Singleton
St Joseph’s High School Aberdeen
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