A group of students who recently completed a Certificate II in Rural Operations at Muresk Institute have already been snapped up for work by Greening Australia.
Greening Australia is a not-for-profit organisation which has received funding support from the Australian Government to target bio-diversity outcomes.
The successful students have come through the Kadadjin Boodja Bidi (Caring for Country) program which is a partnership between Muresk and the cultural organisation As One Nyitting.
The program focuses on learning through connections with the land and provides students with the opportunity to learn about their role as the next cultural leaders. Before starting this program, all students must first complete preparatory training with As One Nyitting called the Koorlangka Dreaming, Cultural Pride and Cultural Leadership program.
The students attended Muresk for a week once a month for twelve months, learning about livestock, machinery and conservation land management.
Muresk Institute General Manager Prue Jenkins said she was delighted that Muresk Institute could help contribute to the success of the program.
“The course has been specifically designed so that each participant can learn how to care for country, in a practical and outdoor learning environment”, she said.
“The students now get to put their knowledge into action by working with Greening Australia on a variety of land rehabilitation projects in the Avon Valley region.
“I’m thrilled the program has been successful and that students are already finding paid employment as a result of the course”.
Muresk has already starting training the next group of students from As One Nyitting. A graduation ceremony and official welcome to the new group has been conducted at a cultural site by elder Trevor Davis. The site was developed by the students and shows the six Noongar seasons.