Prison guard Debra Davis and dog handler Darren Bartlem are playing their part in a recruitment drive to find 25 new staff at the Capricorn Correctional Centre.
Prison guard Debra Davis and dog handler Darren Bartlem are playing their part in a recruitment drive to find 25 new staff at the Capricorn Correctional Centre. Chris Ison

Prison career a great opportunity

DARREN Bartlem made a career change nine years ago and hasn't looked back since.

One of nine dog handlers at Capricornia Correctional Centre, Darren said it was a unique job.

“Working with the dogs, it's very personal, you form a relationship with the dog and there is a lot of time and bonding put into it,” he said.

“And when you see that put into action, it's a very rewarding feeling.

“It puts a big, happy smile on your face.”

Part of a recruitment drive for the correctional centre, Darren is one of many officers who prefer the lifestyle the position offers.

“I was originally in the trades industry, and I decided to make a career change with something that offered a bit more stability, and I definitely found that here,” Darren said.

The dog handler encouraged anyone to apply for a position at the centre.

“I would say, don't hold back, have a go, the balance of work and lifestyle are great, and since making this career change it has worked out really well for me, I love it.”

General manager Paula May said jobs in the corrections industry were often overlooked.

The starting wage per annum is $43,244 plus 28.5% shift loading.

Information evenings will be conducted at the Rockhampton Leagues Club, on George St, commencing at 7pm on Wednesday, May 11, and Tuesday, May 17.



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