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The NRL and the Federal Government have celebrated the 2013 Learn Earn Legend! School to Work Western Sydney program with 60 year 12 students graduating with flying colours at a breakfast ceremony on Wednesday, November 27.

The 2013 Learn Earn Legend! School to Work Western Sydney program has seen a ratio of 96% of the 2012 HSC completed students, attaining employment or education outcomes and 92.3% of the 2012/2013 participants attaining their HSC, which is above the National average.

NRL General Manager of Strategy and Investment, Mr Shane Mattiske and Senator the Hon. Marise Payne, Minister for Human Services paid tribute to the 60 graduates of the NRLs 2013 Learn Earn Legend! School to Work Program at the Campbelltown Catholic Club.

The Learn Earn Legend School to Work program was developed to create successful career pathways for Indigenous students in Years 11 and 12 in participating schools across Western Sydney and is a combined initiative of the NRL, the Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations (DEEWR) and western Sydney-based Rugby League clubs.

Senator Payne congratulated the graduates on their fantastic achievement.

I am highly impressed at the calibre of this years graduates. They would be valuable assets to any employer, regardless of the profession or trade they choose, Senator Payne said.

The 96 per cent success rate of last years graduates going on to further education or employment is testament to the effectiveness of the Learn Earn Legend! School to Work Program. Im sure this will be a good omen for this years graduates.

Id also like to congratulate the project officers and program manager for inspiring and motivating these young people and giving them exposure to our great game of Rugby League.

The NRL does a first-class job in growing not just Rugby League but the communities where it is played and I look forward to helping them continue this important work in my role as co-convenor of Parliamentary Friends of Rugby League.

Mr Shane Mattiske spoke at the breakfast highlighting the importance ensuring that programs like School to Work continue.

We support the current review of all Indigneous education and employment programs currently taking place under the Federal government and have been actively engaged in these discussion, Mattiske said.

We are proud of the successful partnership we have created with the federal Government, training providers, corporate and schools and clubs to deliver real benefits and outcomes for these people.

Bulldogs 2013 NRL Learn Earn Legend! School to Work course and High School graduates:

Natasha Dargan: Moorebank

Lee Fermor: Bass Hill

Katrina Goneis: Bankstown Girls

Karlee Hill: East Hill Girls

Jarod Hill: Granville South State School

Kali Kemp: Chester Hill

Henry Sheppard: Canterbury Boys

Brianna Vosota: Bankstown Girls