Apprentice Mentoring program

Trade Up with the NRL

Since mid 2013, over 360 players on the elite pathway have engaged in an apprenticeship or traineeship and 94% have remained in or completed their trade qualification.

The “Trade up with the NRL” program is funded by the Australian Government through the Australian Apprenticeships Mentoring Package.

Current and retired NRL players with a trade qualification have been engaged and trained as mentors across all NRL Clubs.

They use their own successful experiences to help younger players follow in their footsteps.

Powerful role models, these mentors help build technical and generic skills that will help young players both on and off the field. These include leadership, communication, goal setting and time management.

Completing my electrical apprenticeship while playing NRL and training full-time was very demanding but also very rewarding as I have now a great career path after my Rugby League career comes to an end. Bryan Norrie
Mentor with the Melbourne Storm

Our Mentors are passionate about the valuable contribution that they make, and have undertaken a minimum standard of qualification to enable them to provide professional support to Club Welfare Managers and Career Coaches.

The key benefits of completing an apprenticeship are an appreciation of hard work and providing a path to set players up after their playing career ends. It helps provide a balance in life by combining football with work and study. Andrew Ryan
NRL Player Welfare and Education Programs Manager

Find out more

NRL Trade Up Booklet (PDF)
Some very useful resources and worksheets
John Hutchinson, Education, Training and Employment Manager
0401 773 826
jhutchinson@nrl.com.au