Hon Robyn McSweeney BA JP MLC

Hon Robyn McSweeney BA JP MLC

Former Minister for Child Protection; Community Services; Seniors and Volunteering; Women's Interests; Youth

    Aboriginal cadetships in child protection work

    6/07/2012 12:00 AM
    • Three child protection cadetships on offer to university students
    • Successful cadets get a study allowance, a $1,000 text book and equipment grant and 12 weeks paid work placement

    Aboriginal people in Western Australia studying a relevant university degree are urged to apply for cadetships that could lead to full-time careers in the State’s child protection sector.


    Child Protection Minister Robyn McSweeney has encouraged full-time university students studying psychology, social work or a relevant human services field, to apply for three Aboriginal cadetships and gain valuable workplace experience with the Department for Child Protection (DCP).


    Mrs McSweeney said the cadetships offered considerable benefits to successful applicants, while providing potential for the department to increase the diversity of its workforce.


    “We would like to encourage more Aboriginal people into child protection careers to work with children in care,” the Minister said.


    “Our aim is to increase the diversity of our workforce so the department can ensure the needs of its client base are met.”


    To be eligible, successful applicants must be studying a full-time university course. In return, each year, they are provided with 40 weeks study allowance, a $1,000 text book and equipment grant and 12 weeks paid work placement in the department to boost their practical experience.


    Murdoch psychology student Bep Uink will this year become the first cadet to graduate from her university course since the DCP cadetship program was launched three years ago.


    “The Aboriginal cadetship gave me a great opportunity to gain valuable practical work skills in this field and has led to on-going work in the department,” Ms Uink said.


    Mother-of-six Vickey Hill has also benefited from a cadetship. The full-time social work student at Edith Cowan University is gaining practical experience at DCP Rockingham.


    “Between studying full-time and juggling children, things are very busy, and I’m relishing the opportunity to further my experience in social work through the cadetship,” Ms Hill said.


    Applications close on July 30.


    To apply visit http://www.jobs.wa.gov.au and search position number CP3135. Or contact the department’s Aboriginal Cadetship Coordinator on (08) 9222 2779.


          Fact File

    • At any one time there are up to 3,700 children and young people in care
    • Earlier this year 27 young people aged 16 to 25 in care, or formerly in the care of the Department for Child Protection, were awarded ‘achiever awards’ for undertaking further education or training towards a future career

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