Bob Wiese

Bob Wiese

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    School cadet training program commended

    27/05/1996 12:00 AM
     

    27/5/96

     

    Police Minister Bob Wiese praised the school cadet training program as an important window of opportunity for young people to participate in exciting and challenging activities.

     

    Mr Wiese said the Coalition Government was committed to assisting and encouraging the young people of Western Australia to realise their full potential and the cadet training program would assist personal development and confidence.

     

    "This Government has been concerned at the apparent lack of opportunity, particularly within the secondary schools system, for young people to participate in interesting and challenging activities outside the school curriculum," he said.

     

    "Students should have the chance to be involved in programs based on structured training and practical life skills that develop leadership, teamwork and foster qualities of community responsibility and service.

     

    "The cadet training model is an appropriate program that engenders these values in a format that is appealing, testing and demands self-discipline."

     

    Mr Wiese said the cadet youth training program provided a link between community groups, voluntary organisations and government services to work with young people within the school system.

     

    The State Government is financially supporting the establishment of these units - through the provision of $450 for each cadet per year - to be paid directly to the school to meet the cost of uniforms, equipment, camps and associated administrative costs.

     

    Eleven cadet programs were being trialled in schools throughout WA and included Police, St John Ambulance, the State Emergency Service, Fire and Rescue Service and Bush Fires Brigades, as well as the army, naval and air cadets.

     

    The Minister said the school community, following consultation between teachers, parents, students and the various organisations involved, would decide on which cadet options would be offered at each school.

     

    "The programs are not compulsory - it is a personal choice for a student to decide on whether to be actively involved in a program," Mr Wiese said.

     

    "I believe the various cadet units established under the Government's youth training scheme will become an integral part of the State's high school system and create an important link between students, the school and local community."

     

    Media contact: Mark Thompson 322 2311