A Western Australian prison is looking for a company to donate a forklift, in order to train its inmates for a job that will help them rebuild their lives and stop them from reoffending.
The Education Unit at Wooroloo Prison Farm provides vocational and academic courses to prisoners who are considered a minimum security risk, and who in the future will utilise these skills to either continue or begin more meaningful lives on the outside. The prime objective is that they won’t reoffend.
The unit offers many courses that are heavily subsidised or free to the prisoners, as their means of income are somewhat limited. Some courses are not reliant on equipment i.e. MARCSTA, bluecard,working in confined spaces etc.Unfortunately the forklift course is dependent on the availability of a fork truck and the unit does not have one that it can readily use when required. As a result, only a quarter of those on the waiting list will leave with a ticket.
With a big shortage of good forklift operators in the transport industry, particularly in W.A., the unit’s education manager hopes that they can appeal to the transport industry at large for a donation of a training forktruck.
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