Take 15 enthusiastic young footy players who are trying to make their mark on the Under 20 National Rugby League Competition, and get them to turn their heads to a “back up” plan.
Australian Training Company are working with Clubs in the NRL to encourage these young men to think and then act in regards to their life and career outside football.
In conjunction with the Commonwealth Government, ATC has kicked off a pre-apprenticeship program titled ‘Introduction to the Trades’. This four week course gives the players a taste of what it’s like to work as an apprentice as well as developing their life skills.
The trade’s component of the course includes topics such as: formwork, levelling, steel fixing, concreting, setting out, measuring, calculations’ and reading and interpreting plans. The participants will gain skills and knowledge while practically using hand and power tools e.g. hammer, chisel, and nail guns, power saws, and angle grinders.
The Competition requires players to go to work, study and/or further their careers. Under-20s players must be engaged in some form of work or study for a minimum of 24 hours per week.
On completion of the course ATC’s Group Training Division then places them into their chosen apprenticeship. As a result of this course boys have been placed in construction, plumbing, electrical and horticulture trades. The placement with the group training organisation is seen as crucial. Under the model an Account Manager is assigned by ATC to mentor the player throughout their apprenticeship,
Brad Morrin NRL Account Manager at ATC says “On an individual basis I am able to watch the boy’s progress in the trade, make sure they are coping with their work/ footy, life balance and assist if it all seems too hard”.