Booderee send-off for conservationists of the future

The Booderee Botanic Gardens' team with the school-based apprentices

Congrats to Indigenous students Jordan Roberts, Nathan Kozes and James Mundy for successfully completing school-based apprenticeships with Booderee National Park!

We celebrated the boys’ achievements with a barbecue in our Botanic Gardens. The three boys have successfully completed Certificate II in Conservation and Land Management and over 100 days of work experience in the Park

Friends, family, members of the Wreck Bay Aboriginal Community, Auswide services, Vincentia High School and park staff watched on as the students received their Higher Schools Certificate. The program links school, work and training in a supportive and structured way, serving the needs of young Indigenous people.

The boys are a real source of inspiration. Jordan said all three were on the verge of dropping out of school with no formal qualifications when they became involved with the program. “We have finished year 12! We have learnt a lot about work and we are really proud of our achievements,” he said.

We wish them all the best as they go out into the community – and hope they’ll be back to let us know how they’re getting on. Who knows, we may see them working here in the future.

Brenda, Booderee National Park

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