Perth Zoo a live classroom for Clontarf students

30 March 2023

Six students from Clontarf Aboriginal College started a traineeship at Perth Zoo which will equip them with a ‘job ready’ qualification in conservation over the span of two years.

‘The Aboriginal Trainee’ program is a collaborative effort between local government, Perth Zoo, and the Shoreline Foundation Ltd.

Clontarf Principal Frances Haji-Ali commended the program, adding it provides students with a unique experience and pathway to a range of career opportunities:

“Our students participating in the program have said they are enjoying themselves and learning a lot. They enjoy working in various aspects of the zoo’s facilities, assisting animal carers, education officers and horticulturists in their ‘living classroom.’

Students will gain a Certificate II qualification in Conservation and Ecosystems Management through the Aboriginal Trainee program.

“Students are learning skills that are transferable to different workplaces, for our students from remote or rural locations they will be able to use these skills in their communities.”

Clontarf Aboriginal College Principal Frances Haji-Ali.

“Students are learning skills that are transferable to different workplaces, for our students from remote or rural locations they will be able to use these skills in their communities.

“I hope this is a program that will continue for years to come.”

Environment Minister Reece Whitby said:

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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