- Expo helped build self-esteem and confidence in young people to help turn their lives around
- More than 12 employers and training organisations exhibited at expo
- Event gave young people direct access to employers and training organisations
A special careers expo featuring more than 12 exhibitors from the public and private sector has been held at the Banksia Hill Detention Centre today to help young detainees turn their lives around.
The expo was an opportunity for 140 young detainees to speak directly with agency representatives about employment and training prospects.
The event also helped build self-esteem, confidence and communication skills.
The expo took three months to plan with input from the Department of Justice's Youth Justice Psychology Services division, and the Offender Management, Education, Recreation and Case Planning teams.
Detainees were able to speak with government agencies, emergency services, not-for-profit training organisations, defence force personnel and a major mining corporation about what steps they should take to secure employment.
The detainees also prepared for the event with advice and support from their teachers.
They completed employment surveys to identify potential career pathways and set questions to ask the exhibitors.
The responses on the day were recorded in a careers expo passport, which will be kept on file to help with education and careers planning.
The expo also demonstrated the potential of the young detainees with a pop-up coffee shop, the Banksia Beans Cafe, run by a detainee who had qualified as a barista while at Banksia Hill.
Comments attributed to Corrective Services Minister Fran Logan:
"The careers expo was a great opportunity for the detainees to focus on their future and understand what is required in the workforce by hearing directly from training organisations and potential employers.
"For many young people, it was the first time they would have had such an opportunity.
"Banksia Hill has become a more stable environment since the McGowan Labor Government took steps to address the previous troubles and that structured approach has made days such as this possible.
"I would like to thank the agencies and businesses that attended today's expo and reached out to these young people to show them a way to get on to the right path.
"The careers expo demonstrated the efforts being made at Banksia Hill to try to turn around the lives of some young people.
"It is a tough road they are on, but I hope today's event helped the detainees understand there are organisations out there that want to support them and it's up to them to make the next step."
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