Local Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander young people are achieving their employment dreams with the help of the North Queensland Toyota Cowboys and the Cowboys Leagues Club.
Through the North Queensland Cowboys’ “Dream, Believe, Achieve” program and funding from the Queensland Government, local Indigenous students are being assisted to gain their Certificate III in Hospitality through TAFE Queensland North.
Participants work with Cowboys mentors to complete their qualification and then find paid employment.
Program participant Selina Zaro completed two weeks’ work experience with the Cowboys Leagues Club in May 2015, before being offered casual employment as a gaming attendant.
Selina’s success in that role has since led to her promotion as gaming supervisor with the Leagues Club.
”The Cowboys Leagues Club has provided great support to our Dream, Believe, Achieve program,” Cowboys General Manager – Community Ms Fiona Pelling said.
“The work experience placements they’re providing for our participants across a broad variety of roles within the hospitality industry are invaluable.”
Another “Dream, Believe, Achieve” program graduate, Matilda Billy – who was also offered employment with the Cowboys Leagues Club after a work experience placement – was voted ‘employee of the year’ by her peers in 2015.
“Dream, Believe, Achieve” is one of a number of community programs run by the North Queensland Cowboys to assist unemployed young people in the region.
Main image: Selina Zaro with Ray Thompson