Bendigo Students Getting Ready For A Future In The Force

21 March 2018

The Andrews Labor Government is helping Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students in Bendigo get on the job training towards a future career in Victoria Police.

Minister for Industry and Employment, Ben Carroll today visited Bendigo Police Station to meet a trainee from Bendigo Senior Secondary College who has been placed at the station through Jobs Victoria.

The school-based traineeship program is run by Jobs Victoria partner Skillinvest, who received $2.4 million to place Indigenous Victorians into work.

They have worked in collaboration with Victoria Police to place more than 30 Indigenous School-Based Trainees in police stations across the state.

Increasing Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander involvement with Victoria Police is critical to improving the relationship between the police, Indigenous peoples and local communities.

School-based traineeships are a great foundation for improving relationships and an excellent career path into the police force for young Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students.

More than 370 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander jobseekers have now secured work thanks to the Victorian Government’s Jobs Victoria Employment Network.

Jobs Victoria is breaking down barriers and providing real help to long-term unemployed Victorians, retrenched automotive workers, at-risk young people and those with a disability.

Quotes attributable to Minister for Industry and Employment Ben Carroll

“This collaboration between Victoria Police and Skillinvest is providing a fantastic pathway to get more Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Victorians into careers with Victoria Police.”

“There is no one size fits all approach to getting people into sustainable employment, that’s why Jobs Victoria provides tailored services to help each jobseeker overcome their personal barriers to get a job and keep it.”

Quote attributable to Member for Bendigo East Jacinta Allan

“It’s programs like this that are really helping locals find a job – setting them up for future success.”

Quote attributable to Member for Bendigo West Maree Edwards

“Everyone deserves to find work and share in our strong economy, that’s why we’re making sure that no one in Bendigo is left behind.”

Reviewed 19 August 2020

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