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​Corrective Services Training finds home in the Hunter​

Issued: Friday 9 September 2016

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A group of Corrective Services NSW correctional officers today marked a major milestone by being the first recruits to graduate from a new training facility in the Hunter region.

Twenty-four officers completed ten weeks of intensive training at the CSNSW Academy – Hunter Region based in Tomago.

CSNSW Assistant Commissioner (Governance and Continuous Improvement) James Koulouris said training courses required in Cessnock or the state’s North West region would be conducted at the Tomago facility.

“The Hunter region has been identified as a major growth area so having this facility is very beneficial,” Mr Koulouris said.

“We can now provide some of the world’s finest operational corrective services training to the Hunter region.

“Training locally means we can provide more attractive employment opportunities in this area.

Mr Koulouris said the facility was cost-effective, reducing CSNSW trainee training expenditure by approximately $500,000 per annum.

“Having a local facility means trainees can continue to live at home.”

The CSNSW Academy – Hunter Region facility includes:

  • Training rooms;
  • 44 accommodation rooms;
  • A food preparation area;
  • Five cells for custodial scenario training;
  • A parade ground area for muster and training;
  • Office area for CSNSW Academy staff;
  • A laundry; and
  • A make-shift gymnasium
Training room

The facility was previously used to house community offenders until its closure in October 2014.

The 24 graduates come from a variety of backgrounds and ages. Shenais Morgan, 21, from Cessnock, said after working as a dental assistant she wanted a change.

Two graduates

“Being a correctional officer provided a career path. I thought I would give it go and I was stoked to get the opportunity,” Ms Morgan said.

“The training facility was very good and the staff were very responsive and approachable. We have been given a lot of tips and feedback to improve ourselves for the job.”

Former machine operator Ryan Mackenzie, 22 from Toronto, applied for the role after he heard great stories from a family member who works as a correctional officer.

another photo of Two graduates

“Before I started training, I thought it would be about locking up people. But there is so much to the job including delivering case-management and programs,” Mr Mackenzie said.

“I would 100 per cent suggest the job to others down the track.”

The Certificate III in Correctional Practice includes lessons in law and procedure, online learning and assessment, simulated scenario assessment and correctional centre placement.

Training courses are also held at the Brush Farm Corrective Services Academy in Sydney.