Storm players prepare for life after football

Storm players are hard at work on and off the field – and sometimes during the week it has nothing to do with their NRL season.

It’s all about preparing themselves for life after rugby league.

At AAMI Park today, Suliasi Vunivalu and Brandon Smith joined Assistant Minister for Vocational Education, Training and Apprenticeships Steve Irons MP to promote Australia’s Vocational Education and Training (VET) sector.

The two Storm players have embraced their off-field roles as Australian Apprenticeships Ambassadors and shared their experiences as VET students with Assistant Minister Irons, who himself started his career as an apprentice.

Suli and Brandon, who have enrolled in carpentry apprenticeships, are two of 17 current Storm squad members currently involved with VET programs.

"Suliasi and Brandon are outstanding role models for thousands of young footy fans across the country. They’re promoting a message not only about what it takes to succeed as elite athletes, but about the value of getting the skills that will ensure that they will have great careers after they hang up their boots," Minister Irons said. 

"The success of these two Australian Apprenticeships Ambassadors highlights the versatility of VET courses in delivering flexible, work-ready training.

"By gaining practical skills through their apprenticeships, Suliasi and Brandon have set in place a solid plan for life after sport. Vocational education really is a rewarding option for those who are looking to start or change their career."

The NRL’s CareerWise Vocational Education and Training Awareness Program encourages athletes and the broader community to undertake apprenticeships and vocational education while playing rugby league.

Minister Irons said the NRL, with its strong links to regional and remote communities, is a powerful advocate for the many opportunities and benefits of a career starting with in VET.

"As part of the Australian Government’s $525 million Skills Package, we will continue to support the NRL’s delivery of its highly successful vocational education programs," Minister Irons said.

National Skills Week is underway and runs through to September 1.

For more information, visit www.nationalskillsweek.com.au