IPROWD upstaged three quality finalists to claim the AHRI Award for Indigenous Employment, an award that recognises excellence in Indigenous employment initiatives and programs in the workplace.
TAFE Western Director of Aboriginal Education and Equity Provision Rod Towney gratefully accepted the award with Peter Lalor (Manager Police Workforce Relationships and Strategy) and Carlene York (Assistant NSW Police Commissioner) and said everyone involved in the program was absolutely thrilled.
“I was blown away with the prestige of this award – to be recognised among huge international corporations including Qantas and the big banks is amazing,” he said.
“This award means a lot and helps us spread the word about how good IPROWD is right across the country. It emphasises the importance of this program and the fact it’s delivering outstanding results.”
Since 2008 when IPROWD was introduced, more than 650 students state-wide have enrolled, with more than 90 going on to gain employment with NSW Police as frontline police officers, on the front counter at local police stations or in the community as liaison officers.
A further 200 students have secured other types of employment and more than 70 have pursued further education, studying Law, Teaching, Nursing and Justice Studies.
IPROWD also received a NSW Premier’s Award in 2015 for Public Service in the Building Stronger and Safer Communities category.
“TAFE Western is proud to be a key partner in such a wonderful program,” Institute Director Adam Bennett said. “At TAFE Western we pride ourselves on helping bridge the gap in the disadvantage Aboriginal peoples face when it comes to education and employment.
“We are committed to providing knowledge, skills and career pathways for Aboriginal peoples and IPROWD is just one of a number of programs, courses and ways TAFE Western is offering life-changing opportunities of education and training.”