Four students from the Black Mountain School in ACT have successfully completed the New Shoots program as part of completing a Certificate 1 in Horticulture as well as learning skills to help them in the workplace.
The program, which is run by Greening Australia, teaches the students essential nursery skills, such as propagation, maintaining plants and facilities, and filling orders.
Beyond these skills, the program has helped them gain greater independence.
All have been able to attend the sessions without the aid of a carer – a first for some of the students. Making the journey to work by themselves, getting to work on time, and staying on task are all valuable new skills for the students.
Feedback from Black Mountain School, parents and the students themselves has been overwhelmingly positive.
Greening Australia is currently looking at options for ongoing employment for the students after they complete the program.
Supporting programs like New Shoots is all part of our commitment to helping build more resilient communities.
Our team in Canberra have been proud to help provide these young students with a disability the chance to further their education and employment prospects. And the fact that they are finding their independence through the program is just brilliant.