Andrew Ryan played almost 300 games in a stellar 12 year National Rugby League (NRL) career and he knows only too well of the benefits of an Australian Apprenticeship during your career as well as for life after football.
"I played my best football when I was actively engaged in some activity away from the game, such as my landscape work," Andrew said.
Andrew retired at the end of the 2011 season, and in his new role with the NRL Welfare and Education team he aims to ensure players combine some form of vocational education and training, including apprenticeships and traineeships, while chasing their dreams of becoming professional sportsmen.
Andrew is a great role model for the young players.
He has combined a successful playing career, a trade certificate as a landscaper, a Diploma in Marketing and is now a third of his way through a sports business degree.
Watch Andrew in action here: Australian Apprenticeships Ambassador Andrew Ryan.