Instructor Don MacDonald with students Lizarna White, AACC senior project officer Palmina Bonaventura, student Muaar Akee and (front) William Mills.
Instructor Don MacDonald with students Lizarna White, AACC senior project officer Palmina Bonaventura, student Muaar Akee and (front) William Mills. Sharyn O'Neill

Green thumbs for job opportunities

WILLIAM Mills is a dab hand these days when it comes to working on the garden.

The Rockhampton man has been out in his yard pruning the trees since he gained a Certificate II in Horticulture from the Australian Agricultural College Corporation.

And he plans on doing another similar course to improve his chances in gaining employment in the field.

William, who is currently unemployed, yesterday said the course was a lot of fun and he was pleased to add another certificate to his qualifications.

"It will further my employment chances and further my training. You can never have too many certificates to help your employment prospects," he said.

The Certificate II in Horticulture work experience course was a collaboration between Rockhampton's Buderoo Employment and Training and the Australian Agricultural College Corporation.

William and others who took part in the course were given nationally accredited, hands-on training on a horticultural property at Bouldercombe.

The course covered topics such as landscape construction work, chemicals, installing micro-irrigation systems and occupational health and safety and was delivered by Don MacDonald from Maryborough Landscape Supplies.

Don said the candidates now had the skills and knowledge to enter the workforce and become an asset to their employer.

Buderoo Employment and Training CEO Christine Malone said the jobseekers not only gained a Horticulture Certificate but the course also provided motivation, team work, work ethics and a sense of being part of a community project.



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