Ross Mars APT VET Programs- education at its sustainable best
There is great opportunity for teachers and schools to adopt new CI and CII permaculture courses into VET programs for Years 11 and 12. Permaculture is a framework to enable the design of resilient systems and to create sustainable, living, integrated systems based on ecological principles and earth-caring practices. Permaculture training is now imbedded into the AHC Training Package and courses have been developed for delivery in WA. They are also able to be delivered anywhere in Australia through RTO partnerships
CI is most suitable for Education Support students and CII for students who have aspirations of working within the agricultural and horticultural sector, but specialising in sustainable living practices. These courses engage students in the school garden, and they learn life skills of growing, propagating and caring for plants, caring for animals, growing soil and undertaking organic practices to minimise their impact in the environment. While they are growing their vegetables, herbs and other plants, they will also be carrying out natural area restoration, recording weather, maintaining structures in the garden, working safely, preparing products and using and maintaining garden tools and equipment.
Teachers will need to undertake four CIII units in the Permaculture skills set for them to offer these hands-on student-centred courses, unless they have already undertaken a Permaculture Design Course.
This session will outline the particular units for each level, as well as discussing the requirements of schools and teachers. Skills Strategies International also offers courses in all levels from CIII to Diploma Permaculture.
See more of Dr Mars work at Skills Strategies International. Accredited Permaculture Training VET Programs – education at its sustainable best