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    Tuesday November 7, 2023 in News

    THE John Laing Charitable Trust (JLCT) has always supported charitable causes in communities close to where the John Laing Group is involved with projects.

    This includes projects on the other side of the world in Australia where JLCT has entered into a three-year funding programme for The Stars Foundation, which gives First Nations girls and young women opportunities and support in education.

    The charity works on the principle that a good education, including regular school attendance and completion of Year 12, lays the foundation for success in life and that everyone should have the same chances to succeed. However, it is not just about education, but preparation for life in general which sets this charity apart.

    Founded in 2015, Stars has provided evidence-based, intensive in-school support and is working in 53 schools across Australia, supporting 2,900 students annually.

    The Stars Plan extends to all aspects of life and is underpinned by four key pillars of personal development:

    • Education, Training and Employment
    • Healthy Lifestyles
    • Well-being
    • Community, Culture and Leadership

    Key to success are the dedicated full-time Mentors, who provide First Nations girls and young women with the intensive support they need.

    Stars continues to close the gap on successful transitions from Year 12 into work or further study, with 84 % of 2022 Stars graduates remaining in employment, training or tertiary education (as at June 2023).

    JLCT is providing £22,000 of support each year for three years. JLCT Director Helen Parker said: “JLCT is delighted to support STARS Foundation to make a clear and positive difference to the lives of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander girls and young women. We believe that our financial support, coupled with the involvement of John Laing and the STARS Foundation team will empower each student to be­lieve in themselves and act as a spring­board towards a brighter future.”


    Two First Nations school pupils who are benefitting from the support of Stars Foundation


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