$2.4m boost for Indigenous careers in NSW Police Force
- Minister for Community Services, Indigenous Employment and Economic Development
- Minister for the Status of Women
A $2.4 million funding extension from the Australian Government will give an extra 240 Indigenous Australians an opportunity to join the NSW Police Force.
Minister for Indigenous Employment and Economic Development, Julie Collins, today announced the funding for the Indigenous Police Recruitment Our Way Delivery (IPROWD) pre-employment program to continue until 2014.
Ms Collins made the announcement as the last of the current series of graduation ceremonies for 72 IPROWD students took place at TAFE NSW in Mt Druitt.
“This new funding means IPROWD now has the capacity to induct an extra 240 Indigenous Australians and help them gain options for ongoing employment,” Ms Collins said.
“IPROWD is an innovative pre-recruitment program with a high success rate in its first year of operation.
“So far, 228 students have started the program. Three former IPROWD students are now probationary constables after the first student graduated from the Police College last December.
“Twenty-seven students have entered the Police College in Goulburn with a further 50 undertaking the application process for the January intake.
“IPROWD continues to support all graduates until they are accepted for college or secure alternative employment.
“Already 43 students have gained other jobs, including civilian positions in the police and with corrective services,” Ms Collins said.
The full-time program runs for 18 weeks and comprises tailored training to prepare students for entry to the Police College. Students who complete earn a Certificate III in Vocational Studies and Pathways.
“This program is a constructive partnership between TAFE NSW, the NSW Police Force and the Australian Government - all working together to close the gap in employment for Indigenous Australians,” Ms Collins said.
Over the past five weeks, 2012 IPROWD graduation ceremonies have also been held in Nowra, Broken Hill, Dubbo, Tamworth, Maitland and Redfern.
“IPROWD is funded through the Australian Government’s $650 million Indigenous Employment Program – one of the most successful programs helping Indigenous Australians get the training they need to get a job and supporting them to keep it,” Ms Collins said.
“Since it began three years ago, the IEP has achieved 90,000 commencements into employment and training, including 42,200 job starts.”
For more information about the IEP visit: www.deewr.gov.au/iep