THE Chevron Aboriginal Conservation Training Program is celebrating the graduation of three participants from the 12-week program designed to expand employment pathways, provide further training and life path opportunities.
They include Kyle Williams from Mandurah and Ricky Ugle from Pinjarra.
The program is a partnership between Chevron Australia and Conservation Volunteers Australia.
Conservation Volunteers Australia works in collaboration with Whatjuk Elders and the South West Aboriginal Land and Sea Council to address identified gaps in employment pathways.
Participants build their conservation experience, achieve training in practical land management and reconnect to their country culturally.
The program actively contributes towards the Federal Government’s goal to halve the gap in employment outcomes between Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal Australians within a decade.
It has so far resulted in the up-skilling of more than 35 participants.
CVA team leader Hannah Gulliver said during the program, students visited and learned from culturally significant sites such as Lake Richmond in Rockingham and benefited from knowledge shared by cultural mentors.
“It has been a rewarding experience leading this team of passionate and motivated individuals and I look forward to seeing where they go next,’’ she said.