New Talent Pool recruits begin their journey in Hedland

7 December 2021

Aboriginal girls practising CPR on a manikinRoyal Life Saving WA is excited to see the continued success of our Talent Pool program as it engages Aboriginal youth in regional areas of Western Australia. Talent Pool is an innovative training and employment program that provides a springboard for Aboriginal young people wanting to take action and achieve employment in the aquatics industry.

Recently 14 Talent Pool recruits completed First Aid training with Royal Life Saving WA Community Trainer Steve O’Meara and Pilbara Development Officer Lauren Thompson. This training was made possible thanks to funding from Principal Community Partner BHP and was held at the South Hedland Lotteries House conference room.Aboriginal boys practising CPR and emergency response with a manikin

Talent Pool began in 2018 and is designed for the Aquatic Industry, with participants completing training in First Aid, Bronze Medallion, Pool Lifeguard, Swim Instructor and even Pool Operations. The aim is to see these young people gain employment in the aquatic industry, sometimes filling vital roles in their local communities to ensure the provision of swimming and lifesaving programs is possible.

Lauren Thompson says she’s pleased to see these new Talent Pool recruits make their first step towards a bright future. “These First Aid skills and knowledge are vitally important for everyone to know, but more so for Talent Pool recruits; it kick starts their journey and provides the foundation on which they will build and develop their skills to further themselves within the aquatic industry. I look forward to seeing them return to complete further aquatics training with us over the coming months!”

You can find out more about our Talent Pool program and its successes across WA at the link below.

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