A group of inmates at Kirkconnell Correctional Centre has been
selected for a 12-month TAFE-supported engineering traineeship.
The 15 participants will be trained for a Certificate
II in Engineering which will give them qualifications they can
take with them into the community upon their release. This will make
them "job ready" and improve their chances of employment.
Kirkconnell Correctional Centre is a minimum security facility near
Bathurst with 240 inmates. About a quarter of the men are employed by
the facility's fully-equipped workshop which builds charity clothing
bins and vehicle trailers and maintains correctional centre equipment
such as lawnmowers, whipper-snippers and other landscaping tools.
Anthony Tait, Corrective Services Industries boss at Kirkconnell
believes providing inmates with practical opportunities for gaining
trade skills is an important part of the Corrective Services' responsibility.
"The first aim of our new engineering workshop is to provide a
place where component products can be manufactured for correctional
centres across the state," he told the Western Advocate.
"The second aim is to provide an opportunity for inmates to learn
new skills and gain qualifications that will improve their chances of
being employed and make their integration back into the community more positive."