His Excellency General The Honourable David Hurley AC DSC (Ret’d), Governor of New South Wales and his wife Mrs Linda Hurley will be in Dubbo this Friday to help officially launch the 2016 Indigenous Police Recruitment Our Way Delivery (IPROWD) Program.
The 38th Governor of New South Wales will be joined by Deputy Premier of New South Wales and Minister for Justice and Police The Hon Troy Grant MP, Federal Member for Parkes Mark Coulton MP, TAFE NSW Managing Director Jon Black, TAFE Western Institute Director Kate Baxter and State IPROWD Coordinator Peter Gibbs in celebrating this momentous occasion.
Mr Gibbs said 31 young Aboriginals from across western NSW were about to embark on an important journey in Dubbo, either in the 13-week IPROWD Program or the two year TVET student course, and he was thrilled the dignitaries had made themselves available to wish the students well in their endeavors.
“I think it’s really important that we recognise the role these students will play in ensuring a brighter future for our people in western NSW,” Mr Gibbs said.
“These students have the opportunity to not only change their own lives, but to make a huge difference in their local communities and be positive role models for their friends and families.”
Mr Gibbs said IPROWD participants this year enrolled from Dubbo, Orange, Forbes, Bourke, Peak Hill, Condobolin and Coonabarabran.
“IPROWD is not only an important first step to gaining entry into the NSW Police Academy at Goulburn, it opens the doors to many different and exciting careers,” Mr Gibbs said.
“Since 2008 when IPROWD was introduced, more than 600 students have enrolled, with 76 going on to gain employment with NSW Police as probationary constables. A further 200 students have secured other types of employment and more than 50 have pursued further education, studying Law, Teaching, Nursing and Justice Studies.
“We also currently have nine IPROWD students at the Police Academy in Goulburn and a further 40 going through the Police recruitment process.
“These results are really pleasing and prove that this program is really making a huge difference in breaking down the barriers. I hope that this new intake of IPROWD students grab this wonderful opportunity with both hands and make the most of it.”
For more information about the IPROWD program, visit http://iprowd.tafensw.edu.au/