EXCITING ANNOUNCEMENT: Deputy Premier Troy Grant, State IPROWD Co-Ordinator Peter Gibbs, Police Commissioner Andrew Scipione and Minister for Regional Development, Skills and Small Business John Barilaro joined some of this year's successful IPROWD graduates to announce nearly $2.5 million in funding to continue IPROWD over the next two years.
TAFE Western Institute Director Kate Baxter has welcomed the Commonwealth Government’s decision to fund a further 270 places in the life-changing Indigenous Police Recruitment Our Way Delivery (IPROWD) program from 2015-2017.
Deputy Premier, Minister for Police and Member for Dubbo Troy Grant, Minister for Regional Development, Skills and Small Business John Barilaro and special guest Police Commissioner Andrew Scipione made the announcement at TAFE Western's Myall Street College on Monday afternoon, July 20.
The Commonwealth Government’s additional investment will ensure a minimum of 67 participants gain employment as Probationary Constables with NSW Police Force, and up to 203 participants access a variety of other employment opportunities.
Ms Baxter said TAFE Western was 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 employment.
“I’m incredibly proud that TAFE Western has been, and continues to be, an enthusiastic supporter of IPROWD. This funding announcement means we’ll be able to continue to offer this important program from Dubbo and other colleges across NSW for at least another two years,” she 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 through education and training.”
The IPROWD program has been successful for TAFE Western in Dubbo, with a special graduation ceremony held late last month celebrating a group of 15 young Aboriginal people who successfully completed the course.
State IPROWD Co-ordinator Peter Gibbs said the graduation was an important step for participants and their bid to gain entry into the NSW Police Academy at Goulburn.
“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.”
For more information about the IPROWD program, visit http://iprowd.tafensw.edu.au/