Program helps trainees dream, believe, achieve

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Six indigenous trainees have completed their work placement at The Ville this week as part of Cowboys House’s Dream Believe Achieve training program.

The students worked across multiple venues as food and beverage attendants for three days a week over the course of six weeks, getting real life hands-on experience in hospitality.

Along with The Ville’s involvement in the work placement program, Morris Family Foundation provides funding to Cowboys Community Foundation to support its work in delivering education and employment outcomes for indigenous young people from rural and remote North Queensland.

Young Bidjara woman, Bree-Anna Reardon from Central Queensland is one of the Dream Believe Achieve program’s many success stories.

The 19-year-old has been part of the program since July 2021, when she got her first taste of working at The Ville. Over the past year, she’s gained experience across many part of the property including Sports Bar, Quarterdeck, and Spin Café as well as on the Flying Fish superyacht and in event operations where she’s now an official member of the team.

She’s also become a mentor to other trainees, lending her support and advice to help them through their own training and employment journeys.

“This program exceeded my expectations in many ways. I have gained friends, social connections and a healthy work lifestyle,” she said.

“The skills and knowledge I have gained are beyond what I expected. Walking into the DBA first day not knowing where I’d be, and now I’m serving VIPs on a yacht!

“Seeing my fellow DBA students doing their placement, I am immediately drawn to help and guide them. Just knowing what it’s like to feel out of place on my first day just makes me be able to help them. I love helping them and watching them learn and become more comfortable.”