First responders recently completed a three-day career transition program, thanks to a partnership between three local clubs and Beyond the Badge, a not for profit that exists to support first responders across Australia to transition into alternative careers.

Wests Group Macarthur, Ingleburn RSL and Campbelltown Catholic Club collectively donated $22,500 through the ClubGRANTS Scheme to continue their community partnership with Beyond the Badge.

“The new online iteration of the program has allowed us to connect with a broader range of people and remove some of the barriers that participants can face in attending a face to face training program,” said Sean Haran, co-founder of Beyond the Badge and passionate first responder advocate.

“Participants are accessing the same quality training material in new and more accommodating means for their individual circumstances.”

In its third year of delivery, this practical and innovative training program has been developed to support first responders who are considering a transition to an alternative career or work opportunity, providing real life skill development through role play and Q&A, providing participants an opportunity to polish their skills before applying for their next role.

The program was open to current and/or former Police, Ambulance, Fire & Rescue and Corrections personnel residing in Macarthur, but has now opened up to participants nationally in its new digital format.

“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,” Wests Group Macarthur Chief Executive Officer Daniel Perkiss said.

“Wests are proud to partner with the Ingleburn RSL and Campbelltown Catholic Club in this important community initiative”.