YOUNG Aboriginal people in Midland are being encouraged to become a WA Police cadet.
Last week Jaylan Rodney, Jordan Bill, Kobey Rodney, Terrance Rodney and Oshai Rogomaicake were among those who attended a police cadet recruitment drive at the Midvale Men’s Hub located in the Midland Child and Parent Centre in Stratton.
While learning to be a police cadet and making a difference in the community the young people are paid while they train and earn a nationally accredited qualification.
The cadets get to develop workplace skills under the guidance of experienced police officers while gaining exposure to a range of policing activities and getting a taste of what it means to be part of the WA Police force family.
During the program the cadets receive important job-related training and cadets based in the metropolitan area also get to attend formal class-based training provided in partnership with North Metropolitan TAFE.
The cadets are supported throughout their learning journey and have access to mentors to help them reaching their career goals.
The program is open to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people as a special measure to achieve equality as per Section 51 of the Equal Opportunity Act.
The recruitment drive was organised by the Bonanza Pathways Project team of Terry Dewar, Steve Jansen, Cyril Hayes, John Gibbs.
Mr Dewar said the Bonanza Pathways Project Bonanza Pathways program is a holistic, enterprise based Aboriginal workforce development, life skills program creating pathways into employment and wellbeing.
He said the program was an integrated and financially self sustaining service model delivering wellbeing and employment outcomes.
The Bonanza Pathways program was designed and established as a direct response to the Aboriginal suicide and incarceration rates being the highest in the world, the gap between Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal life expectancy and against all health and socio-eco
He said it was a response to the need for pathways for Aboriginal employment and business relationships and the lack of engagement and high risk behaviours amongst many young people in Perth, Onslow and Bindi Bindi.
He said the difficulty in obtaining a motor vehicle driver’s license was a big issue for many young Aboriginal people and affected their chances of employment and social-community engagement.
Noongar elder Robert Isaacs, who has spent 50 years trying to improve the lives of Indigenous people and was named Western Australian of the Year 2015, attended the event.
By Anita McInnes