Newspaper article The Morning Bulletin (Rockhampton, Australia)

Prisoners Trained While in Jail Courses Provide Prisoners with Job Prospects

Newspaper article The Morning Bulletin (Rockhampton, Australia)

Prisoners Trained While in Jail Courses Provide Prisoners with Job Prospects

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Byline: OWEN JACQUES Owen.jacques@apn.com.au

WHAT THEY LEARN

Cert 1 Resources and infrastructure operations

Use mine site communication equipment.

Complete industry paperwork

Follow occupational health plans

Identify and report incidents.

Cert 2 Resources and infrastructure work preparation.

Covers Cert 1 plus how to:

identify hazards and risks

complete records and reports

PRISONERS across Queensland are studying courses in mining from within jail in the hope of scoring lucrative jobs in the industry once released.

As the demand for workers in the resources industry continues unabated, correctional centres are delivering the skills in the hope that it will dampen the risk of them re-offending.

APN can reveal up to 464 felons will be eligible to enter one of the programs run across four Queensland prisons Co Maryborough, Townsville, and Wolston Park in Brisbane or Woodford near the Sunshine Coast.

Maryborough, in particular, has built a state-of-the-art immersive simulator so inmates can be given detailed knowledge of life on a mine site.

Those chosen by the prisons to enter the program are usually in the final year or six months of their prison stay.

Whether they are picked depends on their record, behaviour and enthusiasm to start a new life outside the jail walls.

Prisoners will study Certificate 1 in Resources and Infrastructure Operations or Certificate 2 in Resources and Infrastructure Work Preparation. Each course is run through Tropical North Institute of TAFE in Townsville or Careers Australia.

From mid-2010 to mid 2012, Lotus Glen Correctional Facility near Cairns had up to 435 enrolments in the course, although the number of graduates was unavailable.

A new plan is being considered for the Capricornia Correctional Centre near Rockhampton to train indigenous prisoners with the help of the industry. …

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