Talent Pool targets bright futures

11 November 2020

As we celebrate NAIDOC Week, Royal Life Saving WA is proud of the impact our Talent Pool program is making for Aboriginal youth across the state. The program is providing real employment opportunities, facilitating over 200 training positions, 62 job outcomes and creating a statewide network of 28 Aquatic Trainers over a 12-month period.

Talent Pool is an innovative youth engagement, training and employment program, which began in 2018. It 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.

Since beginning two years ago Talent Pool has now expanded its delivery to include every region stretching from Kununurra in the East Kimberely, Newman in the Pilbara, Geraldton in the Mid-West, to metropolitan Perth. Early in 2020 three Talent Pool graduates, Gemima Rahman, Lauren Ramirez-Smith and Roberta Ramirez-Smith were employed by Venues West at HBF Stadium after completing qualifications in Pool Lifeguard, First Aid, Swim Instructor and Hydrotherapy between them.

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 outcomes 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 both now and into the future.”

Watch this space as we look forward to celebrating the successes of many more Aboriginal young people over the coming months and years!

You can read more about the Talent Pool program and how you can get involved as a participant, employer or financial supporter at the link below.

 Explore more button