​Consider a career as a Correctional Officer

Applications for Justice Aboriginal Pre-Employment Program close 15 August 2017

Publication date: Friday, 11 August 2017

There is still time to apply for the Department of Justice's Aboriginal Pre-Employment Program aimed at providing careers as Correctional Officers for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.

The pilot program, run in partnership with TAFE NSW, offers a Certificate II in Community Services as a pathway to employment for Aboriginal Correctional Officers.

Enrolments close midnight next Tuesday, 15 August 2017 and are open to New South Wales residents only.

"The program aims to provide Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people with a better understanding of the rewards and challenges working as Correctional Officers," said Michael Geia, Assistant Project Officer with the Department's Strategic Human Resources.

"The course provides theory alongside hands on activities including site visits to Silverwater Women's Correctional Centre, the Metropolitan Remand and Reception Centre and Brush Farm Academy," Michael said.

"Students enrolled in the course are definitely in a better position to apply for a position as a Correctional Officer within the Department. The key learning areas are focused on bridging the skills gaps to making Aboriginal people more competitive in the recruitment process."

Michael said the Department had a strong commitment to its Aboriginal Employment strategy and that the implementation of this pre-employment program was essential in meeting the Department's Aboriginal employment targets.

Michael hopes to recruit up to 50 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders to the course which runs from 21 August until 19 October. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders who live or work in NSW will be eligible for subsidised training through the NSW Government Smart and Skilled program and exempted from fees.

Applications and expressions of interest are open through TAFE NSW at Aboriginal Pathways - Justice Aboriginal Pre-Employment Program.

Please contact TAFE NSW on 1300 030 309 if you have any further questions or simply apply and enrol online through Aboriginal Pathways - Justice Aboriginal Pre-Employment Program. 

Find out more about the Justice Aboriginal Pre-Employment Program on the Aboriginal Pathways website.