Thursday, May 30, 2024

Horticulture traineeships bloom in Fremantle

City of Fremantle Council is giving budding horticulturists a jump start into a new career in a move it hopes will grow local jobs and help green the city.

The Council has partnered with Maxima Employment Services and South Metropolitan TAFE to offer four horticulture traineeships.

It says the joint initiative will create an employment pathway for successful applicants, providing hands-on experience while also offering a Certificate III in Horticulture.

Participants in the trainee program will work alongside City officers, nurturing and caring for parks and gardens.

Council’s Manager Parks and Landscape, Ryan Abbott said the program would help the Council to support those looking to enter the workforce at a time when the employment market was competitive.

“We want to ensure we’re creating avenues for those who are wanting to learn new trades and this opportunity will allow trainees to experience the City’s horticultural, turf management, and horticultural programs from a technical perspective,” Mr Abbott said.

“Whether prospective candidates are straight out of school, re-entering the workforce, or simply want to change careers, we’re opening a door to a pivotal role in the community.

“These trainees are the future of our City, learning the ropes and playing an integral part in providing great public open space for the community, looking after our bushland, and caring for our trees.”

Trainees who are accepted will be taught, guided, and inspired by experienced mentors at the Council.

“With our valued green spaces expanding and the pressures of urbanisation increasing, trainees will have a unique opportunity to enter the exciting and challenging world of modern Horticulture and Arboriculture,” Council said in a statement.

There will be an information evening on Monday 27 March from 5.30–6.30pm at the Walyalup Civic Centre.

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