Delivered by the North Queensland Toyota Cowboys, Learn, Earn, Legend! provides Indigenous students with a long-term mentoring relationship, based on common interests, respect and genuine friendships to help close the gap between Indigenous and non-Indigenous employment outcomes.
Currently, only 34.6% of Indigenous Australians have completed their year 12 certificate but through programs like Learn, Earn, Legend!, students are breaking down the barriers and achieving positive results.
Danny Conlon, Veolia’s Executive General Manager - Eastern Region, stated, “Everyone in Australia deserves access to education and resources, but the reality is, some Indigenous students don’t have the same opportunities as non-Indigenous students.
“The program will not only see students mentored and supported throughout the year, but it will help with instilling self-confidence, encouraging education beyond high school and a brighter future.”
Additionally, the partnership supports NRL Cowboys House, a unique accommodation solution, enabling students from remote communities across North Queensland to access a secondary education that is not readily available in their local community.
“We’ve always been committed to supporting the communities in which we operate,” continued Mr. Conlon.
“The partnership will allow our employees to engage with students and participate in community events, plus demonstrate to the students the importance of self-value through hard work.”
Veolia is a long-time employer in the North Queensland region and is committed to investing in local community development programs.
About Veolia Australia and New Zealand:
Veolia Australia and New Zealand (Veolia) is the region’s only environmental solutions organisation with specific capabilities across water and wastewater treatment, energy management, waste and resource recovery services, and industrial cleaning and facilities maintenance services. Veolia employs over 4000 employees and operates across more than 120 locations within the region.
About Veolia Global:
Veolia group is the global leader in optimised resource management. With over 163 000 employees worldwide, the Group designs and provides water, waste and energy management solutions that contribute to the sustainable development of communities and industries. Through its three complementary business activities, Veolia helps to develop access to resources, preserve available resources, and to replenish them.
In 2016, the Veolia group supplied 100 million people with drinking water and 61 million people with wastewater service, produced 54 million megawatt hours of energy and converted 31 million metric tons of waste into new materials and energy. Veolia Environnement (listed on Paris Euronext: VIE) recorded consolidated revenue of €24.39 billion in 2016.