In celebration of NAIDOC Week, SBS World News has profiled a Jobs Victoria program providing career pathways to Indigenous students across the state.

5 July 2017

As part of NAIDOC Week 2017, which celebrates Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander history, culture and achievements, SBS World News visited a police station participating in a Jobs Victoria, Victoria Police and Skillinvest program for young Indigenous Victorians.

Source: SBS News 

This innovative school-based traineeship program aims to keep more Indigenous students in school and offers a pathway to a career in the police force that may not have otherwise been available. The program is also helping to change negative perceptions about the police and aims to bolster the number of Indigenous employees within the Victorian police force. 

According to the SBS report, across Victoria less than one percent of the police force identify as Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander. 

Minister Wade Noonan told SBS: "Statistically, we understand that our Aboriginal youth and Aboriginal people in Victoria probably face more barriers to getting a job, and then keeping a job. So it's really important to wrap around the support, particularly for young people."

Across the four years of the program, 60 Indigenous students will be placed in local police stations in Victoria, gaining valuable skills and hands-on work experience while completing a Certificate III in Business Administration.

Jobs Victoria visited the Echuca and Horsham police stations earlier this year, meeting two young trainees who are looking towards a career in the police force and an important role in their communities. Watch Kyal Atkinson and Tanya Morrison's stories here:

For more information about Skillinvest Apprenticeship and Traineeships, contact 1300 135 008 (Metro) or 1300 308 620 (Regional).