At a special ceremony in Dubbo on Monday, June 22, a group of 15 young Aboriginals took a huge step towards achieving their goals when they successfully graduated from the Dubbo 2015 Indigenous Police Recruiting Our Way Delivery (IPROWD) Program.
State IPROWD Co-ordinator Peter Gibbs said Monday’s graduation was an important step for participants and their bid to gain entry into the NSW Police Academy at Goulburn, which is the first step to becoming an officer in the NSW Police Force.
“Now that these participants have completed IPROWD it opens the door to many exciting careers and I hope they use this as a launching pad to excel in whatever career they pursue,” Mr Gibbs said.
"We really need our young people to make a contribution to the community and be positive role models for other family members and this is a huge step in the right direction.”
Mr Gibbs said there were some fascinating stories of success at Monday’s graduation ceremony, including one participant losing more than 60 kilograms to complete the program, and another of a single parent of three overcoming a number of obstacles to graduate.
“This just goes to show that no matter your background or circumstances, you can achieve anything you set your mind to,” Mr Gibbs said.
TAFE Western is a huge supporter of the IPROWD program, which has had more than 500 students enrolled since it began in 2008, with more than 70 going on to gain employment with NSW Police and a further 150 securing other forms of employment.
“I’m incredibly proud that TAFE Western has been, and continues to be, an enthusiastic supporter of IPROWD,” Institute Director Kate Baxter 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 people and IPROWD is just one of a number of programs, courses and ways TAFE Western is offering life-changing opportunities of education and training.”
For more information about the IPROWD program, visit http://iprowd.tafensw.edu.au/