Mentor Grant meets with NRL Cowboys House residents outlining his journey to success

August 29, 2019

On the ground in Townsville this week, our very own Grant Marshall spent some time chatting with the Senior students residing at the NRL Cowboys House. Grant told stories about his struggles entering the workforce, what he encountered and what the boys could learn from his experiences.

Previous to this meeting, Paynters have engaged two NRL Cowboys House students to work on the Pimlico TAFE site as school-based trainees. Upon the successful relationship built here with the team at Cowboys House it became the next logical step to actively engage other interested students keen to enter to Construction industry.

Antonio Winterstein, who is employed as a Career Transitions Officer through the Cowboys House said that the afternoon was a huge success. “I’ve never seen so many boys stay back after a talk, ask questions & want that one-on-one chat with someone” he said.

“A lot of the boys come from very remote communities so to gain their trust in 45 minutes is really positive, Grant’s discussion obviously resinated with them.” said Mr Winterstein

Mr Winterstein also said, “My vision now is to get Grant back to talk to all 54 students & some of the interested students at the Cowboys House Girls Campus wanting to enter a trade”.

Grant will continue to expand on the relationship he has built with the boys, visiting the House when he’s in Townsville & providing a contact for any further queries. This will ensure that the bond continues to grow, empowering Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people to pursue their passions.