Talent Pool opens doors for Aboriginal youth

19 February 2020

Royal Life Saving WA’s Talent Pool program is providing real employment opportunities for Aboriginal youth, with three talented young women recently gaining employment at Venues West HBF Stadium after completing Talent Pool training.

Talent Pool is an innovative youth engagement, training and employment program designed for the Aquatic Industry, supporting projects that aim to increase participation in sport and active recreation or activities that develop the skills of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people throughout the community.

Talent Pool graduates with Sport and Recreation Minister Mick Murray, Royal Life Saving WA's Greg Tate and Venues West CEO David EthertonTalent Pool participants complete training in First Aid, Bronze Medallion, Pool Lifeguard, Swim Instructor and even Pool Operations training. 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.

Over the last 12 months Talent Pool has supported over 50 young people to secure first time employment across Western Australia, both within and outside the aquatic industry. The recent employment of Talent Pool graduates by Venues West at HBF Stadium is an exciting development, and this is extending further with Venues West extending Talent Pool opportunities to the HBF Arena facility in Joondalup.

The three girls recently employed at HBF Stadium are Gemima Rahman, Lauren Ramirez-Smith and Roberta Ramirez-Smith. Gemima has completed qualifications in Pool Lifeguard, Senior First Aid and AUSTSWIM swim instructor training, while Lauren and Roberta are now qualified in Pool Lifeguard, Senior First Aid and Hydrotherapy. The trio are also completing further aquatic qualifications.
A group of further participants are working towards a range of job-ready qualifications, including Bronze Medallion certification, to enable them to pursue work or a career in lifesaving, with VenuesWest expecting the program to provide employment opportunities for participants at many of the State's venues.

Sport and Recreation Minister Mick Murray is pleased to see the success of the program. "I commend VenuesWest and Royal Life Saving on this terrific program - providing an avenue towards first-time employment for many young Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. Regional Western Australians continue to be overrepresented in statistics for drownings, and Talent Pool is doing important work to raise water safety skills around the State.”

Royal Life Saving WA General Manager Community Relations, Greg Tate, says the program is a practical step towards reconciliation in Western Australia. “Talent Pool is an example of reconciliation in action, demonstrating that a community initiative can support social outcome in terms of improved fitness, water safety awareness and enhanced education qualifications. We hope to see the program provide waves of opportunity for young people to secure first time employment opportunities at Venues West facilities both now and into the future.”

You can find out more about the Talent Pool program and how you can get involved at the link below.

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