Talent Pool sparks employment success in the Pilbara

16 June 2022

The weather may be cooling down, but this didn’t stop 17 Pilbara Talent Pool participants from heading to South Hedland Aquatic Centre to complete their Bronze Medallions over the weekend.

Bronze Medallion students practising CPR and infant CPRThe participants came together to expand their knowledge, improve their fitness and develop their lifesaving skills, completing resuscitation and Bronze Medallion courses. Talent Pool Manager Cameron Eglington headed to the region to support local students to acquire new qualifications with the support of Tim Turner, Royal Life Saving WA’s Senior Manager for Regional Development. 

Bronze Medallion students practising a rescueThe 14 youth members and three adults spent the first day completing CPR scenarios and practicing their responses to emergencies involving both babies and adults. The day progressed to aquatic training in the 50-metre pool, where the enthusiastic group made a splash as they learned essential rescue techniques. 

Day Two at the pool saw three emerging community youth leaders, Bethany Denney, Faith Joseph and Jinnali Bin Saad, step up to take over the management, instruction and assessment of the course as part of their own training to becoming qualified Aquatic Trainers. The girls confidently expressed their ability to manage aquatic based education sessions, successfully leading the training of their peers. 

Thanks to the support of our Principal Community Partner BHP, the Talent Pool program in the Pilbara has helped to pave the way for employment opportunities for youth in the community, including these three talented individuals. The Talent Pool program supports young people in accessing employment opportunities by equipping them with the necessary skills through our range of training options, including swim teacher, pool lifeguards, aquatic trainers and more!

"The work that these young Talent Pool members undertake on a weekly basis in Port Hedland is commendable,” said Cameron. “Some of them are already on the pool deck as lifeguards, some take after-school fun aquatic games and sporting activities and also help out with West Coast Eagles sports activities and other programs around town.” 

Bronze Medallion participants at South Hedland Aquatic CentreThe weekend saw a total of 33 qualifications achieved by the group in Bronze Medallion, CPR and Aquatic Trainer courses. Two Talent Pool members have successfully gone on to be employed in the Port Hedland aquatic industry this month, with Bethany Denney and Clay Thompson becoming Pool Attendants. 

The Talent Pool program continues to be a success for the Pilbara community, with many of the young members finding a passion within the aquatic industry. With more training planned for later this month and during July, we look forward to seeing what our program members achieve next!

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