By Alexandra Burton, Engagement Officer

On October 23, a market information day was hosted at the Borallon Training and Correctional Centre (BTCC) aimed at building potential partnerships and engagement opportunities with local businesses and stakeholders throughout the greater Ipswich region.

The event was a key component in establishing the correctional centre as a facility for the rehabilitation of younger male prisoners through the implementation of compulsory education and training.
Local industries, social enterprises and registered training organisations were the key focus of the market information day, where extensive information about the educational and skill based aspects of the centre’s operation was distributed.

BTCC Project Director, Michael Airton summed up the key aims of the event. “We are looking to provide the best possible solutions in delivering training and education services as part of rehabilitating offenders, while at the same time offering potential job creation opportunities for the businesses who become involved.”

Minister for Police, Fire and Emergency Services, and Minister for Corrective Services, the Hon Jo-Ann Miller MP was present on the day. “When the government announced in July that Borallon would re-open, it promised to engage closely with the local community. Today was an opportunity for those businesses to receive in-depth information about the programs being planned for the centre, and the potential partnerships available,” she said.