• Skilling South Australia

Build from ground up

Updated: Jan 13, 2020

Yergan Landscape owner Jason Schulz with his apprentices Simon Philps and Nathan Bradford. Picture: Russell Millard

Courtesy of The Advertiser.

A new partnership between the State Government and Master Landscapers of South Australia (MLSA) is creating opportunities for careers in landscaping.

The pre-apprenticeship training program – a Skilling South Australia initiative – provides participants with the foundational skills to start on the pathway to employment in the landscaping sector.

Operated in partnership with TAFE SA and industry sponsors, the pilot program rolled out in April, with participants attending TAFE SA to undertake three units from the Certificate III in Landscape Construction. Seventeen out of the 21 original participants graduated from the program, of which 15 have been placed or are currently being assisted into industry apprenticeships. For landscaping businesses, the program offers a vital tool in shoring up the talent pipeline within the state.

“At the moment I have more employers contacting me looking for an apprentice than I am able to refer people to,” said Tom Kakoschke, MLSA apprenticeships program manager, who helped design the program. “We are finding there is a lot of interest from employers looking to take on apprentices.”

Yergan Landscape owner Jason Schulz is one of those employers. Schulz currently employs six staff, two of whom – Simon Philps and Nathan Bradford – have completed the pre-apprenticeship training program. “(The course) helps out on site immensely because it inducts the apprentice to know the basics of conducting themselves well on the job site as well as some of the basics in landscaping,” he said.

“Simon was able to set out paving and understand some of the tools used, and understand occupational job site health and safety and general job site awareness. It’s a great introduction to landscaping.”

For those successfully completing their full apprenticeship, there are many opportunities for career progression.

“The highest end is project manager level,” Mr Schulz said. “There’s a huge amount of landscaping work in Adelaide at the moment and a great demand for experienced landscapers who can lead teams.”

For more information, visit Master Landscapers of South Australia.

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