Matt Encarnacion, NRL.com
Almost every student under the NRL's 'Learn Earn Legend! School to Work' Western Sydney program in 2012 has found a job or gained an education outcome.
The program's 96 per cent success rate is a major achievement for the NRL, who have worked in conjunction with the federal government to provide successful career pathways for senior indigenous students across western Sydney.
Additionally, over 92 per cent of the 60 students over the 2012/2013 program have attained their HSC, which is above the national average.
"I am highly impressed at the calibre of this year's graduates. They would be valuable assets to any employer, regardless of the profession or trade they choose," Senator Marise Payne said.
"The 96 per cent success rate of last year's graduates going on to further education or employment is testament to the effectiveness of the 'Learn Earn Legend! School to Work' program. I'm sure this will be a good omen for this year's graduates.
"The NRL does a first-class job in growing not just rugby league but the communities where it is played and I look forward to helping them continue this important work in my role as co-convenor of Parliamentary Friends of Rugby League."
The program began last year and is a combined initiative of the NRL, the Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations (DEEWR) and western Sydney-based rugby league clubs.