Kyal Atkinson and Tanya Morrison are on an exciting journey towards careers with Victoria Police, working in the Skillinvest and Jobs Victoria Aboriginal school-based traineeships in Echuca and Horsham.

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Kyal Atkinson is in Year 11 at St Joseph's in Echuca. Tanya Morrison is studying Year 11 in Horsham. Both are also undertaking a school-based traineeship with Victoria Police, working in the police stations in their towns and completing a Certificate III in Business Administration.

Tanya Morrison working at Horsham Police Station.

Tanya Morrison working at Horsham Police Station.

Kyal and Tanya are part of the school-based traineeships funded by Jobs Victoria and run by Skillinvest in partnership with Victoria Police. This traineeship provides a pathway for young Aboriginal people to gain on-the-job qualifications in business administration, as well as a working understanding of Victoria Police. Kyal and Tanya are both interested in careers in the police force. They see this traineeship as a great opportunity to represent their communities and work towards greater understanding and cooperation between the Koorie community and Victoria Police.

In partnership with Victoria Police and Jobs Victoria, Skillinvest's innovative school-based traineeship program has been designed for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander youth across Victoria. The traineeship program aims to keep more Indigenous students in school and offers a pathway to a career 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. 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.

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