The NRL has teamed up with the Federal Government to support the Australian Apprenticeships Ambassadors program and celebrate the sixth National Skills Week this week.
There are currently 85 NRL and NYC players studying to complete a trade, with 20 players due to complete a trade this year, including Ray Thompson from the Cowboys (plumber), Peni Terepo from the Eels (butcher), and Nathan Friend from the Titans (bricklayer) to name a few
Since 2013, the NRL has been mentoring and supporting players in studying to complete apprenticeships and trades via the 'Trade Up' program, run in conjunction with Federal and State Government bodies.
The program focuses on industry trends, working with players to achieve a balance between work and football and calls on the experience and learnings from former players who have studied and completed a trade to support players currently studying.
In support of the week, current and former NRL stars have shared their stories online about their trades and their experiences in studying and preparing for a future after rugby league, no matter what level is achieved.