The young men taking part in the 2014 North Ballarat Rebels pre-season program will not only be given the chance to increase their opportunity of becoming AFL players, they will also be provided with the skills to help them stand out from the rest when it comes to entering the workforce.
The 2014 group will participate in the inaugural North Ballarat Football Club and BGT Employment, Training and Youth Services, Transition to Work Program.
The main objective of this exciting new program is to provide players with a wide range of experiences that will assist them with the transition process into the workforce either from school, TAFE or university.
This will be achieved through six presentations to the playing group during pre-season by highly regarded local business people.
The participants will be exposed to the highs and the lows of starting a job and what skills are necessary to be a success in the workplace. Topics to be covered include:
• The importance of being a team player in the
• Commitment to your employer; and
• The balance of work life and sport for a high
Players will also take part in practical sessions that will address resume writing, interview technique and presentation skills. In addition, they will be given the chance to take part in a number of workplace site visits to see local businesses in action firsthand.
In commenting on the unique program, AFL Victoria Talent Manager, Mr Phil Partington said it will add another important dimension to the already extensive and holistic talented player pathway program offered by the Rebels.
"It will form a very important part of each player's development and expose them to information they would not normally have access to."
BGT Employment, Training & Youth Services Board Chair Mr Mark Schultz said "The program has been made possible through funding granted by the BGT Employment Preparation Fund, which has been set up to assist young people to prepare themselves for the workforce to gain employment."
North Ballarat Football Club CEO, Mr Mark Patterson said the program is a great initiative and provides an area of need for our young people.
"When the opportunity arose for us to develop this program with support from BGT we jumped at the chance. We are committed to developing our players in all facets of life and this program will help us achieve this.
"This program forms part of our commitment to the community and we are very grateful to be working with another local highly respected organisation in BGT."