Youth workplace skills
Metro police has added a workplace skills course to its exit strategy for young cadets
THE city of Cape Town’s metro police department has added a workplace skills course to its exit strategy for youth cadets, it was announced yesterday.
The Volunteer Youth Cadet Programme was launched in May 2013 as an offshoot of the metro police youth camps. The Western Cape education department identified schools to participate in the camps with a theme of positive youth development.
Students who showed the most improvement in behaviour and discipline after attending the camps were selected to register as youth cadets.
The Volunteer Youth Cadet Programme started with a first intake of 32 members and has subsequently grown to nearly 200 cadets. The programme aimed to help its members become active community leaders by instilling social responsibility and working in partnership with the metro police department, and other law enforcement agencies to fight crime and keep the city safe. Cadets are eligible to wear the uniform, go out on public duty (under supervision) and receive membership award certificates.
“We wanted to instil positive values in our cadets so they can be agents of change in their families and communities. The practical elements that we’ve started introducing are driver training, access to bursaries and other development opportunities are meant to reward our cadets for their commitment but also to ensure sustainable outcomes from their involvement,’’ the city’s mayoral committee member for safety and security and social services, JP Smith said.
In the next chapter of the cadet exit strategy a group of 18 cadets will become the first to undergo the workplace skills training. For 18 months they will receive instruction on a number of aspects including peace officer and traffic warden training,
Ethics, fire fighting, First Aid and physical fitness instruction as well as a practical work component that will include deployment with the law enforcement department’s neighbourhood safety teams, assisting as coaches for the Youth Cadet Programme and working with instructors to implement the physical fitness baseline assessment within the city’s safety and security directorate.
“This opportunity will improve the eligibility of those cadets who may want to apply for positions within the safety and security directorate in future,” Smith said. “My hope is that they continue to thrive and remain role models.”
TRAINING: Candidates in the Cape Town metro police cadet programme.