WA Police Patrons Scheme
The Recruit Squad Patron Scheme was introduced to the Western Australia Police in October 2000. The scheme provides recruits-in-training with access to a respected member of the community who can provide a community expectation of the police and provide appropriate personal advice and guidance.
The Recruit Squad Patrons are all volunteers from the members of the OAA WA Branch. They make themselves available to the recruits during their 28 weeks training course. The background and guidelines for the scheme are outlined here.
Careers Guidance Program
This OAA WA program started by assisting Kings College, Kwinana, with its “Aspirational Career Guidance Program” for its pre-Year 10 students. The State Training Board and various Industry Training Councils supported the program.
The success of the initial program encouraged the three schools Pilot Program in 2016. With the advice of the Kwinana Industries Council and the subsequent delivery of a firm proposal to its Schools’ Principals Group, three schools participated.
The first two phases of the program are complete and the results have been incorporated as a set of career development and transition tools at the following link on the WA Department of Training and Workforce Development website.
A video has also been produced which will be available on YouTube and also linked to the Departmental website. The Branch committee is now looking at the possibility of a State wide OAAWA/EdConnect Career Guidance Mentoring Scheme. Further details will be available in due course.
Promotion of Nominations
The Branch is very keen to promote the Australian Honours System as a means of recognising the achievements and contributions of outstanding West Australians. One element of this is being pursued through our universities (initially UWA). The Branch committee would welcome discussions with all WA professional and charitable organisations to help promote more nominations of worthy West Australians for honours in the Order of Australia.