SUCCESSFUL JOURNEY: Recent IPROWD graduates Talisha Kuras, Shania McDonald, Ricki Johnson and Katherine Milgate at the recent Commonwealth Government IPROWD funding announcement.
Twelve young Aboriginals from western NSW are about to embark on an important journey that has the potential to change their lives, with the next Indigenous Police Recruitment Our Way Delivery (IPROWD) Program to begin on Monday.
State IPROWD Coordinator Peter Gibbs believes this is a meaningful opportunity for participants from Orange, Dubbo, Lake Cargelligo, Coonabarabran, Griffith and Peak Hill to not only pursue a career in the Police Force, but to become role models in their local communities.
“IPROWD is not only an important first step to gaining entry into the NSW Police Academy at Goulburn, but it opens the doors to many different and exciting careers,” Mr Gibbs said.
“Since 2008 when IPROWD was introduced, more than 500 students have enrolled, with 70 going on to gain employment with NSW Police as probationary constables. A further 150 students have secured other types of employment and more than 40 have pursued further education, studying Law, Teaching, Nursing and Justice Studies.
“These results are really pleasing because we need our young people to make positive contributions to their communities and be positive role models for other family members.”
The IPROWD program will be delivered at TAFE Western’s Dubbo College and Institute Director Kate Baxter has urged participants to make the most of the program which concludes in December.
“I hope the new IPROWD students understand what a unique and exciting opportunity they have been presented with,” Ms Baxter said. “I hope that like so many before them, they grab this opportunity with both hands because it could be the start of a rewarding career.”
The start of Monday’s IPROWD program comes just after the Commonwealth Government confirmed it will provide a further $2.5 million to fund the program for the next two years.
“It was great that Police Commissioner Andrew Scipione, Deputy Premier Troy Grant, Minister for Regional Development, Skills and Small Business John Barilaro, Federal Member for Parkes Mark Coulton and Minister for Aboriginal Affairs Nigel Scullion all agreed that IPROWD is a vitally important investment for our people,” Mr Gibbs said.
“It’s delivering real results and this further investment will ensure a minimum of 67 more participants gain employment as probationary constables with the NSW Police Force, and up to 203 participants access a variety of other employment opportunities.”
For more information about the IPROWD program, visit http://iprowd.tafensw.edu.au/