A graduation ceremony was held on Friday, 27 June at Charles Sturt University to celebrate and acknowledge the achievements of six Aboriginal students who have successfully complete the Indigenous Police Recruitment Our Way Delivery Programme (IPROWD).
IPROWD is a joint initiative of TAFE NSW, NSW Police, Charles Sturt University and the Australian Government.
For many Aboriginal Australians, the chance to train and secure a job with the NSW Police Force seemed out of reach before this programme was first launched in Dubbo some six years ago now. Since then IPROWD has helped more than 500 students and is now offered state wide.
Ms Kate Baxter, TAFE Western’s Institute Director said, “IPROWD is a great example of how partnerships like this can change people’s lives.
“Many of the students who graduate from this programme have a common story. On completion they all say IPROWD has provided an opportunity for future career they never thought they would have and it has given them the confidence to succeed in education.
“I congratulate the students who have taken up this opportunity and have completed a qualification that will open doors to employment and further education,” she said.
Graduating with a Certificate III in Vocation and Study Pathways, to meet the entry requirements of the Associate Degree in Policing Practice, offered by Charles Sturt University is Braidon Newman, Caitlin Beetson, Celeste Smith, Danielle Powell and brother and sister duo Nick and Shawney Petty.
The students have had assistance from members of the NSW Police Orana Local area Command, developed the required numeracy and literacy skills and have completed fitness training and medical assessments. The highlight of this IPROWD course was a trip to the Police College at Goulburn.
The IPROWD program is leading to more Aboriginal Police Officers.