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Media Release - Students grow new skills at TNE

Staff and students at the TAFE New England Tenterfield campus are busily preparing to welcome members of the community to their open day and in particular to the community garden.

 

The community garden has been lovingly prepared and tended to by the Certificate II in Agriculture students as part of a joint initiative with the Australian Government jobactive Work for the Dole project.

 

The project places job seekers in activities where they can gain skills and experience that give back to the community and can help them to find a job. The Certificate II Agriculture students have developed a range of skills such as fencing, operating machinery, recognising and propagating plants and irrigation establishment.

 

TAFE New England teacher Kristy Youman said “The students have enjoyed every moment of developing the community garden and their new skills”

 

“This course will equip the students with the knowledge and confidence that they need to seek employment in the agricultural or horticultural industry”, Ms Youman said.

 

A large variety of vegetables including sugar snap peas, broccoli, beetroot and lettuce have been grown in the garden together with fragrant herbs such as sage, lemon balm and thyme.

 

Upon completion of the Certificate II in Agriculture, the students will be encouraged to enrol in and complete the Certificate III in Agriculture.