Environmental group opens up opportunities for employees
“Landcare (is) about strengthening the whole community... we advocate for the environment within a social structure” – Monto Landcare’s Glenn Baker.
PASSING on knowledge outside the constraints of the traditional education system is just another one of the monumental projects quietly being conquered at Monto Landcare.
“It’s easy to fall through the cracks no matter where you grow up,” Australian Agricultural College’s Troy Baxter said.
“Modern school systems don’t suit those who are active and outdoorsy as much as they suit people who can sit still and listen, and we are looking at ways we can help these people.”
Mr Baxter and John Wooderson arrived in Monto on Tuesday for a six-month, 16-unit Australian Agricultural College course designed to up-skill five Landcare workers. The five participants will receive a Certificate III in Conservation Land Management, which will covers mechanical skills, conservation and communication training, literacy and numeracy.
“(In) these courses people realise they have ability to do things and they start seeing all the opportunities they have out there,” Mr Baxter said.
Jordan Clayton, who is a young worker doing the course, said he “could never get a foot in the door” when he lived in Brisbane.
“I was working washing trucks from when I was 16 until I was 18, and I wasn’t going anywhere really with that,” the 20-year-old said.
After first working on a Monto dairy farm, Mr Clayton joined Landcare. That was one year ago.
“I like the simple life out here. People look after you at work and that wouldn’t happen in the city,” he said.
Landcare founder Glenn Baker said providing skills and education to their workers had not been in the plan when the group began, but had evolved over time.
“We decided Landcare was about strengthening the whole community, because we advocate for the environment within a social structure,” he said.
While this improves the quality of the workforce, Mr Baker said the idea was not to keep their workers at Landcare forever.
“We see ourselves as an intermediary, we are just part of the pathway for these guys,” he said.
LOOKING FORWARD: Sam Abderhalden, John Schafer, Jordan Clayton, Andrew Bridges, Alan Knight, John Wooderson, Troy Baxter and Glenn Baker are helping Landcare become more than just an environmental organisation.
NEW KNOWLEDGE: Sam Abderhalden, John Schafer, Jordan Clayton, Andrew Bridges, Alan Knight, John Wooderson, Troy Baxter and Glenn Baker are helping Landcare become much more than just an environmental organisation.