With the support of our Nickel West Asset and in partnership with the Clontarf Foundation, the Clontarf Youth Pathways project tackles the challenges faced by many young Aboriginal people in Australia. The Clontarf Foundation uses sport to break the cycle of disadvantage and generational unemployment by working to improve the education, discipline, self-esteem, life skills and employment prospects of young Aboriginal men, and in doing so, equip them to participate more meaningfully in society.
Teenage Aboriginal males have a life expectancy that is 17 years lower than their non-Aboriginal counterparts. Aboriginal males have school truancy rates of close to 45 per cent; exhibit high levels of drug, alcohol and substance abuse; and more frequently engage in anti-social behaviour, often leading to crime. (1)
The project harnesses Aboriginal boys’ passion for football to attract them to school. Full-time, locally-based Clontarf staff ensure the boys attend school regularly and apply themselves to their studies. The boys participate in site visits to BHP Billiton operations and are exposed to various career opportunities, including apprenticeships, within the resource sector. With further help from Clontarf staff, the boys are assisted in their transition into employment or further training/study and supported post school.
In 2013, Clontarf completed the year with 2,581 students in 54 schools across Australia:
- 253 students completed Year 12, with 181 of these successfully achieving a recognised Year 12 graduation.
- The number of students completing a VET (Vocational Education and Training) Certificate continues to grow, with 257 Year 10, 11 and 12 students completing a full certificate in 2013.
- Eight of the graduates were accepted into university in 2014.
(1) Australian Bureau of Statistics, Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (2008) The health and welfare of Australia’s Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples 2008.
Read more on our community investment activities in the BHP Billiton Community Review (PDF 3.6 MB)
2006 and ongoing
A$1.55 million over eight year