6 October 2020|Community News| Off Comments off on COMMUNITY HOUSE PROVIDES JOB OPPORTUNITIES|

WITH nearly 20,000 Tasmanians out of work because of the COVID-19 pandemic, West Moonah Community House is providing the community with the chance to undertake a free training course in Horticulture.

The course, conducted through Global Net Academy with funding from Skills Tasmania, will be undertaken by 15 participants from the Glenorchy municipality.

Participants will learn skills including landscaping, fruit and vegetable growing, propagation activities and safe workplace practices.

West Moonah Community House manager Mel Knuckey said it was more important than ever to remove the barriers to train or retrain.

“The West Moonah Community House recognises that people in our community right now need to get a foot in the door in areas of skills shortages,” she said.

“We have a beautiful and very popular community garden providing the perfect place for course participants to begin a career in the horticulture industry.”

On successful completion of the 14-week course, participants will receive module qualifications towards a Certificate II in Horticulture, opening many career pathway opportunities such as garden maintenance, nursery assistants and grounds persons.

“I commend Mel and the West Moonah Community House for providing immediate opportunities for our community to learn the new skills they need to get a job,” Member for Elwick Josh Willie said.

“Free access to skills and training and investment into TAFE is critical to Tasmania’s COVID-19 recovery.”

The Premier’s Economic and Social Advisory Council has recommended that the government provide free TAFE courses in key job areas.

This is an adoption of Tasmanian Labor’s free TAFE policy and would provide immediate opportunities for Tasmanians to obtain skills they need to secure employment and play a vital role in the state’s COVID-19 recovery.

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