Hon Reece Whitby MLA

Hon Reece Whitby MLA

Minister for Environment; Climate Action; Racing and Gaming

    Perth Zoo launches Aboriginal trainee program

    7/02/2023 9:05 AM
    • Clontarf Aboriginal College students commence new Zoo traineeship
    • Eight students will gain a conservation qualification over two years
    • Work placement program will help students become 'job ready'

    Perth Zoo has launched a new collaborative workplace program with students from Clontarf Aboriginal College.


    The program will see eight students work alongside zoo experts towards a Certificate II qualification in Conservation and Ecosystems Management.  


    The teenagers will assist animal carers, education officers and horticulturists in Perth Zoo's living classroom. Each student will be assigned a 'zoo coach' who will support their learning journey.


    It's hoped the program will help Aboriginal youth enhance their future employment prospects.


    The program is being delivered through an innovative partnership between Perth Zoo, Clontarf Aboriginal College and The Shoreline Foundation Ltd.


    Comments attributed to Environment Minister Reece Whitby:


    "This is a fantastic opportunity for Aboriginal students to gain valuable skills in Perth Zoo's living classroom.


    "This is a two-way learning street, not only for the students but staff at Perth Zoo. It provides an incredible opportunity to learn more about Aboriginal culture and connection to Country.


    "Perth Zoo proudly sits on Whadjuk Noongar land and this important program will encourage further cultural understanding. I look forward to seeing the students in action and watching their learning journey unfold."


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