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is usu­ally one week of the­ory and the rest is hands-on in a live work sit­u­a­tion,’’ he says.

Zoe Simmons, 20, is undertaking an in­dige­nous pre­em­ploy­ment pro­gram through Max­ima to join SA Po­lice.

Can­di­dates must have com­pleted Year 12. The Fed­eral Gov­ern­ment-funded pro­gram gives par­tic­i­pants an edge as they study for a Cer­tifi­cate III in Po­lice Stud­ies as well as cov­er­ing fit­ness re­quire­ments, first-aid skills and com­put­ing.

Simmons has wanted to join SAPOL since age 16 and be­lieves she can not do it with­out the train­ing.

‘‘ This has shown me there’s so many things I needed to brush up on,’’ she says.

She says low self-con­fi­dence was iden­ti­fied as a po­ten­tial stum­bling block to her suc­cess and pub­lic speak­ing tu­ition was ar­ranged to in­crease her self-es­teem. ‘‘ This has taught me that if you have got enough pas­sion (for a job) then you can do it,’’ she says.

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