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Araluen Botanic Park has joined forces with Nursery and Garden Industry WA (NGIWA) to deliver unique opportunities for the state’s future horticulturists as well as strengthening skills of Araluen’s talented staff through a unique memorandum of understanding endorsed last week.

The NGIWA has agreed to facilitate job placements at Araluen Botanic Park through their network of state schools and TAFE, as well as promoting existing job opportunities at the Park to its members, as well as upskilling Park staff through professional development.

Executive Officer of NGIWA Matthew Lunn said as one of the peak industry bodies for horticulturists, the organisation was looking forward to joining forces with Araluen Botanic Park, and particularly excited about supporting staff with industry wide networks and professional events.

Araluen Botanic Park’s General Manager Suzy Parravicini said there are also a couple of major event activations between the Park and NGIWA, which will build on Araluen’s reputation as a Park of excellence which has been made possible through significant industry support and a dedicated team working together.

“The first will be the NextGen Careers Expo, an annual event hosted by NGIWA, and held at Araluen Botanic Park for the first time this year.  It makes perfect sense for budding horticulturists to attend a career expo within one of the state’s most stunning Parks, and places Araluen on the map as an employer of choice for the industry.” Ms Parravicini said.

Mr Lunn said Araluen was the perfect platform for the Next Gen group, encouraging students to secure placements for work experience and traineeships in the future.  “Araluen is an asset to the horticultural industry and NGIWA is delighted to foster and strengthen our connection.”

Araluen Botanic Park spans 14 hectares of bushland, and is in picturesque Roleystone, relying heavily on the expertise of horticulturists and industry leaders to maintain the hundreds of Australian and international flora featured on site.”

“The Park continues to go from strength to strength, and this MOU will further expand our reach throughout the industry, connecting with NGIWA to identify the Park’s future leaders, as well as value adding to the expertise of our own staff who continue to work together to deliver some of the most wonderful landscapes within the one space,” Ms Parravicini said.

The NextGen Careers Expo will be held in June this year.  Keep an eye on the website for more information.

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