Bluebush opens career avenues

Bluebush Station continues to provide ideal training conditions for Tennant Creek High School students pursuing qualifications in agriculture, agrifoods and rural operations.

Twenty-eight students from years 9 to 12 are visiting the station, 100 kilometres north-west of Tennant Creek, undertaking on-the-job training as part of the Certificate III in Agriculture, Certificate I in AgriFoods, and Certificate II in Rural Operations.

The school’s VET Coordinator Rebecca McDonald said access to Bluebush Station helps students “develop general employability and independent living skills”.

“Depending on the course, the students visit the station at different times of the year but always for a full school week,” she said. “Apart from developing aptitudes needed in their chosen vocation, the students bond and support each other in a remote, hot and challenging environment.

“The certificates are nationally recognised qualifications that make our students job-ready for a range of industries, including agriculture, horticulture, conservation and land management, and rural and regional industries and agencies, including tourism, hospitality, construction and information technology.”

The school has used the small working cattle station for VET Structured Work Placement and training since 2011.

Images of Tennant Creek Students at Bluebush Station
Tennant Creek Students at Bluebush Station.