GREEN THUMB: Keelin Morris can’t wait to get his Cert II in Horticulture and gain other qualifications to have a career in a nursery.
GREEN THUMB: Keelin Morris can’t wait to get his Cert II in Horticulture and gain other qualifications to have a career in a nursery. Trinette Stevens Roktplant

Keelin plants a career after discovering horticulture

KEELIN Morris found his green thumb and it was the best thing that's ever happened to him.

The Rockhampton teen is one of 10 students enrolled in the training partnership between CQUniversity and Life Stream Rockhampton which sees disengaged and disadvantaged youth, as well as anyone with a disability, to complete a certificate II in either hospitality or horticulture.

Keelin, 18, will complete the 22-week course next week and was sad to see the training come to an end.

"I was taken out of school and tried to get into another one but didn't," Keelin said.

"A counsellor from the school told me about the course and I ended up getting through which was the best thing ever, because if I didn't find this program I'd probably be working in retail still not liking my job at all. After getting my Cert II in Horticulture I'm planning on working in a nursery, that's the biggest thing for me."

Before the course Keelin had tried carpentry, concreting and engineering but didn't enjoy any of them.

"I never thought I'd be interested in plants but I really love it and I've got a lot more confidence in my future now."

Life Stream Australia community learning coordinator Vince Carline said the aim of the partnership was to offer opportunities to youth.

"This training partnership is funded by the State Government and it's the second year we've done it," he said.

"A lot of students who come through have had no idea of what they wanted to do so this has given them the opportunity to get a qualification and hopefully future employment.

"We've got a couple who've gotten into full time and casual employment as well as others who've gotten apprenticeships and are coming back through the university to complete that which is really great to see."



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