Thursday, May 30, 2024

Education

Conservation and ecosystem management students share many common units with horticulture students (Image: Dan Austin)
Education

Options for upskilling and getting qualified

By Dan Austin

It might come as a surprise if you’ve been out of the education system for some time but gaining a formal qualification in horticulture is easier than it’s ever been.

While no mandatory training is required to work as a horticulturist, formal qualifications make you all the more appealing to employers.… Continue reading

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Support younger industry members by nominating them for exchange programs or as support teams at conferences (Image: Karen Smith)
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Employers need to upskill

By Patrick Regnault

There is a demand and a necessity to upskill your employees – it helps retain them and offers them a path forward in their career and in the industry. The benefits are many and well understood. Unless the employer is short-sighted, employers and managers should encourage and organise training programs for their employees.Continue reading

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Achievable Gardens People’s Choice Award ‘Balance by Nature’ by Gina Robertson, Melbourne Polytechnic at Melbourne international Flower & Garden Show 2022 (Image: Karen Smith)
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Great reasons to consider a career in landscaping

By Madeleine Stedman and Jodie Dean

The opportunities and benefits of a trade career have never been greater for young people finishing school and entering the workforce. In the past, the university sector has been touted as the best pathway to a successful career.Continue reading

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Hort education, an overseas example

By Patrick Regnault

Over the last few decades, Horticulture education has seen many changes. Australia, like many other countries, mainly in the English-speaking world, seems to be heading towards distance learning to the detriment of practical based learning.

Apprenticeships and traineeships are not reaching levels of completion, and the profession is ageing.… Continue reading

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TAFESA students gain formal qualifications while undertaking real world practical activities, in this case, weed control for Trees for Life (Image: Sam Bywaters)
Education

Upskilling in horticulture made easy: From free training to paid professional development

By Dan Austin

While the last few years have challenged many of us beyond anything we might have thought possible in the years prior, there is now light at the end of the tunnel and for us in horticulture, a lot more than just a silver lining coming from the COVID-19 cloud.Continue reading

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Whatever the pathways, horticulture still comes down to plants
Education

Now open, green opportunities

Horticulture education: Part 2

By John Fitzsimmons

Australian horticulture education and training is going through a period of massive change. Just what the ultimate balance of skills, science and other non-horticultural training might be needed by industry, is still being clarified but the theme of ‘environments’ keeps cropping up.Continue reading

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Students are driven to find solutions to change the world (Image: Michael Casey)
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Horticultural education and the pathways to a greener future

By Michael Casey

Children and adolescents understand the future that lies ahead of them. They understand the issues relating to land degradation through careless corporate greed and the expansion of the urban fringe, and the need for smarter food systems that grow healthy and nutritious foods in a more sustainable way.Continue reading

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Education is key to staying on top of the horticulture game

By Dan Austin

The old adage ‘you can’t teach an old dog new tricks’ has long been disproven and in reality, older dogs are quite adept at developing new skills. So, with the reputation of mature canines around the world restored, there is no excuse for the ageing horticulturist not to follow suit and ensure we stay at the top of our game.Continue reading

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Education

Involving children in the design and planning of greenspaces

By Dr Kate Neale and Michael Casey

Schools are increasingly recognising that greenspaces provide students with important access to nature, wellbeing, shelter, places of retreat, integrated learning contexts and aesthetic appeal. As such, schools are increasingly engaging with landscape professionals who consult with principals, P&C committees and educators to establish the vision for a space, needs of the cohort and practical design elements.Continue reading

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