22 June, 2024

Reclink students graduate

Eight trainees converged at the Reclink graduation ceremony at the Caboolture-based Lagoon Creek Cafe on Friday June 7, to receive their award for completing a 20-week course.

Reclink students graduate - feature photo

One member of the group was unable to attend the ceremony due to work commitments, as the graduates were presented their Certificate I in Conservation and EcoSystems Management.

The graduates also achieved a white card and certification for first aid and cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR), while four also obtained an Agricultural Chemicals Distribution Control (ACDC) ticket.

Members of the group also gained some not-accredited training, including snake awareness, fauna spotter, and the wildlife rescue induction.

The group learned about local indigenous fauna and flora and the ecological relationship between them.

Other aspects included vegetation communities and cultural information that plants play, the uses of plants in restoration areas, and combating introduced species such as weeds and their effects on ecological communities.

Reclink Australia Skills and Pathways Coordinator, Vanessa Pedro, said three of the graduates had secured employment, while a couple of others were awaiting interview outcomes.

“The way they worked together and the friendships they made created an environment where they were able to teach each other and gain a lot more than what they would have learned from the course alone,” she said.

“Every intake is getting better because of the feedback we receive from each group. This means future groups will get more out of these programs than the previous groups.

“One of the trainees came with a uni degree but was unable to get work due to not having work experience, and this course offered him that to bridge that barrier.”

Ms Pedro said recruitment would start for a construction intake next month.

“Should we get funding again for conservation, we will be recruiting at the same time,” she said.


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