Sky’s the limit for Ataya

NRL Cowboys House student Ataya Pearson has taken her first step into the working world, commencing a school-based traineeship with Queensland Country Credit Union.

Ataya will study towards a Certificate III in Business in 2020 while completing Year 12 at Kirwan State High School and also attending QCCU’s Aitkenvale branch one day a week.

Her placement at QCCU will give the young student from Yarrabah the opportunity to experience on-the-job mentoring and training in payroll, human resources, business analysis, customer service and general banking and administration, which will give her valuable exposure to the finance and banking industry.

During her traineeship, Ataya will be able to nominate her preferred department and will be supported to build her skill set where she has the most interest.

Ataya is one of eight Year 11 students at NRL Cowboys House to undertake vocational training as school-based apprentices and trainees in 2019, supported by the Career Transitions Team.

Made up of former Cowboy Antonio Winterstein and Tracie Morrison, the Career Transitions Team work with all year 10-12 students on transition planning, employment and developing the broader plan of ‘education for purpose’ for each student and are proudly supported by Waanyi Downer.

“Ataya has a strong desire to be the first in her family to complete university studies and she’s working very closely with our career transitions team and her mentor to articulate her future career goals and bring her dreams to fruition,” Tracie said.

“We are unbelievably proud of Ataya – the sky is her only limit.”

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