Wollongong City Council
TAFE NSW has entered into a contract with Wollongong City Council to build cabins for their holiday parks. These cabins have been designed in accordance with sustainable and passive solar design principles and are built by pre-apprentice students under the supervision of building and construction teachers. These cabins prove to be a major asset for the Council and give students first-hand practical experience before they enter their apprenticeship programs.
Catchment Management Authority, NSW Parks and Wildlife and Wingecarribee Shire Council
A collaboration since 2009 between TAFE NSW, Conservation and Land Management students at TAFE NSW Moss Vale, Catchment Management Authority, NSW Parks and Wildlife and Wingecarribee Shire Council and the local Aboriginal community resulted in the development of the Moyengully Natural Resource Management Group.
This partnership was recognised in 2012 when awarded the Department of Education and Communities Learning for Sustainability Award for Excellence in 2012.
The Moyengully Natural Resource Management Group was initiated by students undertaking Certificate II in Conservation and Land Management. The aim was to provide sustainable employment opportunities for Aboriginal students and a reason to undertake continuing education opportunities that was embedded in reconnecting cultural practice to country and stewardship of Indigenous lands.
Wingecarribee Shire Council
In 2009, a Conservation and Land Management program was piloted in partnership with the local Indigenous Community and Wingecarribee Shire Council. The community provided interested students, the Shire provided access to various sites and TAFE NSW delivered the training. The course was a great success and most of the students continued with their studies into 2009 enrolling in the Certificate II in Conservation and Land Management (CLM).
This course also proved to be a great success and continued to enjoy the support from the Catchment Authority and NSW National Parks and Wildlife. A strong commitment from the students and the key stakeholders resulted in contracts for various projects in the region. In 2013 the Moyengully Natural Resource Management Group received further grants for planned projects.
Shellharbour Aboriginal Community Youth Association (SACYA)
As part of the partnership, Indigenous students studying Conservation and Land Management developed a nursery site and propagated plants as part of their practical education.
The project resulted in great employment outcomes, with one student gaining employment with Killalea State Park on a casual basis and another gaining a traineeship with Shellharbour City Council – both a direct result of participation in the program. Killalea has also employed three Indigenous school-based trainees.