Aboriginal youth secure employment thanks to Talent Pool accomplishments

16 April 2022

Jinali and Piper with other SHAC staffThanks to the support of our Talent Pool program, graduates Jinali and Piper have gone on to become qualified lifeguards recently attending their first shift at the South Hedland Aquatic Centre. 

Royal Life Saving WA’s Talent Pool program is an innovative training and employment program that aims to provide skills development and employment opportunities to young Aboriginal people that wish to obtain employment in the aquatic industry. Through its established working relationships and partnerships with local governments, Talent Pool connects Aboriginal Australians such as Jinali and Piper to employment that empowers their future. 

These two accomplished young women have been making strides in their aquatic industry career, having completed their Pool Lifeguard, Bronze Medallion and First Aid qualifications. Jinali and Piper have been developing a portfolio of achievements through the Talent Pool program, diving into the many training opportunities to work towards their aquatic industry employment. 

Funded by principal community partner BHP and the WA Department of Communities, Talent Pool is tailored to support the needs of its students. Aboriginal youth are offered a range of course options to undertake including their Bronze Medallion, Provide First Aid, Pool Lifeguard, Pool Operations, Swim Teacher, Aquatic Trainer and Bronze Star.  

In the coming weeks, both girls will be training to become aquatic trainers and swim teachers leading to even more employment opportunities for these hard-working girls! Thanks to the support of the Commonwealth Department of Regional Development and the Town of Port Hedland, Aboriginal youth have continued to be supported in accessing real jobs in the Pilbara region. 

Talent Pool continues to provide Indigenous youth with an accessible program designed to equip and empower them to participate as employees in the aquatic industry. The program is always on the look out for more champions ready to start training to help strengthen the aquatic industry. 

To learn more about training and employment opportunities through the Talent Pool program, follow the link below.

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