Thursday 14 June 2018
By Emma Sckrabei

SPARK in partnership with the Canberra Institute of Technology (RTO Code:0101) are for the first time, delivering a new training program focused on giving individuals accredited training within the Horticulture and Conservation Land Management sector.

Theory, practical hands-on learning and industry work experience will combine to introduce participants to career options and a range of associated vocational pathways.

As part of the program, participants will complete units in operating specialised machinery and equipment, identifying plant specimens, controlling weeds, erecting timber structures & features, and preparing, applying, transporting, handling & storing chemicals.

SPARK is Ginninderry’s training and employment initiative. Manager Emma Sckrabei said the opportunity to get out into the community to pick up skills rather than just learning in a traditional classroom environment is what sets the program apart. Fiona Dace-Lynn, Director of College of Technology & Design at the Canberra Institute of Technology said:

“CIT is delighted to partner with Ginninderry to provide training in areas of both Horticulture and Conservation and Land Management.  This partnership gives us an opportunity to work together to provide a unique, rich learning experience for participants. This training takes students out of the traditional classroom and engages them in ‘on the job’ training in the beautiful landscape of Ginninderry. The bush becomes the classroom and for students with a natural affinity for the land it’s an opportunity to gain skills doing something they love.”

Participants accepted into this program will be signing into a Certificate III in Horticulture (AHC30716) and/or Certificate III in Conservation Land Management (AHC31416) under Skilled Capital with CIT. On completion of program, participants will receive advanced standing to continue their studies at CIT Bruce campus or seek an apprenticeship/trainee-ship in their desired industry sector.

The program kicks off on Tuesday 26th June 2018 and will run three days per week for 14 weeks. This stage of the program will be delivered on site at The Link at Ginninderry.