Students will also receive mentoring from CBA people, have the opportunity to complete work experience at the bank and gain a nationally recognised certification.
BBC Headmaster Mr Andre Casson welcomed representatives from CBA, including Indigenous Advisory Council Member Aunty Gail Mabo, to a morning tea at BBC to formalise the partnership and meet with some current Indigenous Scholarship students.
Mr Casson said: “The purpose behind this program is to provide First Nations young men with a BBC Education that can seamlessly link to higher education or a workplace pathway. This program is designed to be a lifecycle program that doesn’t stop when recipients leave BBC but continues to support tertiary studies or employment with CBA. It integrates an education as the key and first step which opens many doors.”
He added, “As a school, it is our ambition that all young men who come through our gates have the opportunity to thrive. This exciting partnership with CBA personifies this ambition.”
Alan Docherty, Group Chief Financial Officer said: “We know that education leads to better employment opportunities and a profoundly brighter future for socio-economic outcomes, long-term health and social engagement for all Australians.
“This partnership supports First Nations students to access education through one of Brisbane’s leading schools. Along with CBA’s Indigenous careers programs, we're seeking to actively provide opportunities that help build a brighter future for First Nations kids,” he said.