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Titans 'I CAN' program to inspire Indigenous students

A new program featuring former rugby league greats is set to inspire Indigenous students in Surat and Bowen Basin communities to complete year 12 and pursue further education, training and employment opportunities.
Titans 'I CAN' program to inspire Indigenous students
by NRL

A new program featuring former rugby league greats is set to inspire Indigenous students in Surat and Bowen Basin communities to complete year 12 and pursue further education, training and employment opportunities.

The 'I CAN' program funded by the Australia Pacific LNG Project, a joint venture between Origin, ConocoPhillips and Sinopec and developed by Titans 4 Tomorrow, the not-for-profit arm of Titans Rugby League Club, empowers Indigenous students through workshops, individual coaching and community engagement.

The launch coincides with the first of a number of live-in camps on the Gold Coast which form a key component of the 'I CAN' program.

Origin Group Manager Corporate Affairs Ken Horton, said "Origin is pleased to support the 'I CAN' program, which has the potential to positively impact the future of Indigenous students across the gas fields.

"Research shows that completing year 12 increases an Indigenous student's chances of employment by more than 50 per cent," Mr Horton said.

"The 'I CAN' program is about working with local schools and Indigenous community representatives to support students throughout their school years and into employment or tertiary education."

The program will include specifically tailored workshops for both senior and middle school students and all participants will have one-on-one sessions to develop individual achievement plans including goals, actions and milestones.

The program elements and workshops will be delivered by specially trained facilitators including recently retired professional rugby league players, Dean Widders, Preston Campbell and Clinton Toopi. There will also be a number of specially trained female facilitators to provide support to female students.

Prominent Indigenous Barrister, Joshua Creamer, who chairs Titans 4 Tomorrow's Indigenous Reference Group welcomed Australia Pacific LNG's partnership.

"This partnership will provide an opportunity to build a best-practice model in improving Indigenous education and employment outcomes," Mr Creamer said.

"To be able to work with students, teachers and communities over a three-year period will allow relationships to develop and mature and provide the legacy of sustainable outcomes which are the heart of Australia Pacific LNG's charter for the program."

He was joined in this sentiment by Jetstar Gold Coast Titans captain Scott Prince who has already played a key role in establishing the program.

"As a Learn Earn Legend Ambassador for the Federal Government I have witnessed first-hand the impact our programs can have on both individuals and communities," Mr Prince said.

"To be joined by a company such as Australia Pacific LNG which will provide links to industry and employment will add another dimension to what we do.

Preston Campbell reinforced this message saying he was humbled by the opportunity provided by Australia Pacific LNG.

"When we visit the schools and the communities we can sense the hunger and need for such a program," Mr Campbell said.

"It is a perfect match of values as Australia Pacific LNG has asked us to work with students and inspire them to achieve their career dreams and we are excited by the response by not only the kids but the teachers and schools as well."

More than 20 senior students from Chinchilla, Miles, Dalby, Roma and Tara attended the official launch of the program today at the Gold Coast Titans Centre of Excellence on the Gold Coast.

Origin is the upstream operator of the Australia Pacific LNG Project which includes development of existing coal seam gas fields in the Surat and Bowen basins and construction of a gas transmission pipeline from the gas fields to an LNG plant being developed by the downstream operator, ConocoPhillips at Curtis Island off Gladstone.


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