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Cleveland Education & Training Centre provides 'catch-up' opportunities for at risk students whose lives have been affected by unfortunate circumstances and unwise decisions, which have resulted in them undergoing periods of detention.

When young people are brought to the Youth Detention Centre most of the students have low self- respect and little hope for their future. They need support with their personal development and their education.

The Cleveland Education & Training Centre staff endeavours to build trusting relationships with the students and encourage them to achieve worthwhile success and develop self-respect. The students are encouraged to take responsibility for their own decisions to progressively acquire essential educational skills and knowledge, and learn how to mix harmoniously with other students and adults.

Students are assisted to develop their own plans to gain employability skills and complete certificates and qualifications which will help them gain employment. While the holistic aim of all programs is to improve the life chances of students and to decrease recidivism, it is a high priority goal to assist students to improve literacy and numeracy.