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DBA graduates living their dreams

"Whole of life learning" with Dream, Believe, Achieve

A new chapter has begun for 35 graduates in the North Queensland Toyota Cowboys’ Dream, Believe, Achieve program, as they take a new career path in hospitality or retail with nationally-recognised vocational qualifications.

Tuesday's graduation ceremony marked the culmination of an intensive nine-week training program, comprising in-class training, work experience and one-on-one mentoring and learning guidance, for 28 Certificate III in Hospitality and 7 Certificate III in Retail students.

Class of Dream, Believe, Achieve 1904, 1905, 1906
Class of Dream, Believe, Achieve 1904, 1905, 1906

Five years strong

Dream, Believe, Achieve is a North Queensland Toyota Cowboys training and employment program delivering accredited courses to unemployed and disadvantaged North Queenslanders.

Established in 2015, Dream, Believe, Achieve has successfully helped hundreds of North Queenslanders gain an industry-recognised qualification and find long-term employment.

Life-changing support

Cowboys General Manager – Community Fiona Pelling congratulated the final program cohort for 2019 on their achievement and commitment to their futures.

“Many of our graduates have made a decision to improve their lives by enrolling with Dream, Believe, Achieve and some overcome significant personal challenges to gain their qualification,” Ms Pelling said.

“It’s extremely rewarding to hear their stories of success and what a difference the experience has made, and it often has a flow-on effect to creating change for their families also.

“A key feature of our program is the mentoring support provided to assist students in completing training and securing ongoing paid employment and this is certainly a big contributor for 16 of our current 35 graduates now in jobs.”

Alby Reuben (DBA mentor), Darcey Spellman (Cert III in Hospitality student), Marian Malua (DBA mentor)
Alby Reuben (DBA mentor), Darcey Spellman (Cert III in Hospitality student), Marian Malua (DBA mentor)

The program delivered 80 graduates across six intakes in 2019, up from 69 graduates in 2018.

Training in the Certificate III in Hospitality or Retail is proudly delivered by club training partner Allara Learning, and the program is funded by the Queensland Government through its ‘Skilling Queenslanders for Work’ initiative.

Allara Learning's Tegan Hammelswang, Arthur Burchett and Taylor Brunton
Allara Learning's Tegan Hammelswang, Arthur Burchett and Taylor Brunton

Next course

The next Dream, Believe, Achieve intake for Certificate III in Hospitality commences on Tuesday 28 January, with registrations closing on Monday 20 January.

Graduates will be work-ready with a Responsible Service of Alcohol (RSA) Certificate, Responsible Gambling Services (RGS) Certificate and Food Safety Certificate among their new skillset.

For more information, visit cowboys.com.au/DBA.