Career transition program for first responders in Macarthur

Beyond the Badge representatives with venue chief executives. Picture: Supplied
Beyond the Badge representatives with venue chief executives. Picture: Supplied

Macarthur's first responders looking to transition into a new career can take part in a special program next month.

Thanks to a new partnership between three of the region's leading club venues and not-for-profit organisation Beyond the Badge, a three-day career transition program will be held at Wests League Club, Ingleburn RSL and Campbelltown Catholic Club beginning February 1.

The clubs have collectively donated $22,500 to the program through ClubGRANTS.

Registrations are now open to current or former members of the police, ambulance, firefighting and corrections sectors who live in and around Macarthur.

This marks the first time the program is being offered within Macarthur. It will feature a practical and innovative training program which will support first responders who are considering a career transition into an alternative career or work opportunity.

Michelle Glasgow, a former licensing sergeant with the NSW Police, finished her 13-year career as a cop and was able to transition into corporate life with the help of Beyond the Badge.

She recognised policing was having an impact on her wellbeing, but was able to change her career direction with Beyond the Badge's help, and now has a leadership position at a Women's Domestic Violence support service.

Successful Beyond the Badge participant Michelle Glasgow

Successful Beyond the Badge participant Michelle Glasgow

"I really struggled with what to do following the police force and Beyond the Badge played a vital role in rebuilding my confidence and helping me harness the skills I had earned and apply them in a new setting outside the police force," Ms Glasgow said.

Beyond the Badge co-founder Sean Haran he was thankful for the support of the local venues and was excited to see the program reach even more people in the region.

"We are so incredibly grateful for the commitment of funding from our local clubs and can't wait to bring to life our Career Transition Program at these fantastic clubs in early February," he said.

Wests chief executive Daniel Perkiss said it was an honour to host the program.

"This is an incredibly worthy cause, to a highly valuable target audience and we feel very strongly about taking care of those that have spent a career taking care of others," he said.

"Wests is proud to be partnering with Ingleburn RSL and Campbelltown Catholic Club in this important community initiative."

Learn more at the club's websites: Wests, Ingleburn and Campbelltown.