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Education and training
demand dictates throughout the year, with
courses ranging from first aid, to chainsaw,
irrigation, plant propagation, plant
recognition and soil science workshops.
Mr Ridge says the flexible learning
platform has also revolutionised training
"We can assist practically anyone in the
State -- the online learning material is
exactly the same as the face-to-face, so if
you have an internet connection, we can
help train you," he said.
"There are also regional campuses
located at Mount Gambier, the Riverland,
Port Augusta, Roseworthy, Port Lincoln
and Noarlunga which deliver courses that
are cost- effective and flexible for working
tafeSA Regional recently won the
training award for South Australian Large
Training Provider for 2011.
PIRSA horticulture policy officer Peter
Willmott says other forms of training are
also available, with an increasing number
of third party providers offering courses,
particularly with regards to certification
"There are a full list of registered
training providers available through the
Federal Government's farm ready grants
program, which offers employees the
opportunity to upskill and gain
accreditation for various horticulture
practices, such as chemical handling and
forklift operation," he said.
"Some of the training courses available
include food skills and safety, soil
awareness, efficient irrigation and soil
moisture monitoring, offered by Hort-Ag
Consultancies and a range of business,
marketing, administrative and occupational
health and safety courses."
The Federal Government also offers all
horticulture businesses a $1500 a year
training grant and a 65 per cent subsidy on
training courses through the Farm Ready
Apple and Pear Association SA chief
executive officer Greg Cramond believes
there is always a place for more training
"They key for training and education in
horticulture is making it accessible,
affordable and convenient to the worker,"
"It should be well-targeted so that we
can attract and retain new people to the
"Training should be as practical and
hands-on as possible, with plenty of on the
Mr Cramond says it is increasingly hard
to get people together for training: a
challenge for training providers and
"Everybody is busy," he said.
"These days, there are a lot more
compliance and accreditation requirements
than was the case 10 or more years ago.
"In the past, people didn't have to
account for it, but these days it's vital to
stay on top of it."
FOR more than two years, the Imperial
College of Trades has been offering local and
international students from India and Nepal
and people from the Sikh community the
opportunity to gain high-level qualifications
The college is also the first private institute
to deliver nationally recognised horticulture
courses for international students in
Adelaide, with a purpose-built campus at
ICT chief executive officer Navtej Bal
believes South Australia is an ideal base for
"The Adelaide Plains offers a diverse
training environment, including high-density,
intensive protected farming and a range of
open field crops utilising the latest
technology," he said.
"The skills and knowledge that students
can gain from these courses are in high
demand in the horticultural industry."
Mr Bal cites the recently produced Agri-
food Workforce Consultation Paper, which
"highlights the need for skilled workers in
the agri-food industry".
The paper claims that because of new
opportunities stimulated by major projects
within the State, combined with the need to
replace workers leaving the workforce for
retirement and other factors, there will be
339,000 job openings during the next decade.
"The horticulture industry is also set to
expand in South Australia, with the rising
importance of food security and feeding a
growing population," Mr Bal said.
"We are learning about new technology that
will revolutionise the industry and enable us
to meet those challenges."
The college offers:
• Certificate IV in training and assessment to
• Diploma of Horticulture -- 24 weeks
• Certificate IV in Horticulture -- 2 years
• Certificate III in Horticulture (wholesale
nursery) -- 1 year
• Certificate III in Horticulture -- 1 year
This year, the college currently has 70
students enrolled in horticulture training and
has seen over 300 complete their
qualifications and move into the workforce,
both in Australia and abroad.
"Many of our students have gone on to
become nursery workers, horticulture
tradesmen and women and farm overseers.
We try to provide a hands-on program, with
small class sizes to provide students the best
possible learning environment. We also
regularly organise field trips to the Adelaide
Plains, the Adelaide Hills and the Riverland,"
Mr Ban says.
Students are also provided with cultural
development and activities through the
college's Imperial Students Club.
SA campus delivers horticultural skills
Imperial College of TradeCEO Navtej Singh Bal with Dr
Kaylyan and students in the plant model growing area.
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public and private sector organisations
for the past 25 years.
Our ser vices include:
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Conser vation & Land Management
- Certificate II to Diploma level
Certifcate IV in Frontline
Diploma of Management /
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recruitment ser vices
Tailoring recruitment and training
to your needs.
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85 Grange Road Welland 5007
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