Work Experience Pathway Project

The Work Expe­ri­ence Path­wayPro­ject (WEPP) is a unique train­ing and com­mer­cial facil­i­ty that aims to estab­lish a path­way for Alekarenge com­mu­ni­ty mem­bers to employ­ment on the near­by Desert Springs Farm (DSF) and ALEDA’s pro­posed hor­ti­cul­tur­al devel­op­ments on the Warrabri and Ili­yarne Abo­rig­i­nal Land Trusts. The project’s aim is to pro­vide a link between the Alekarenge com­mu­ni­ty and near­by com­mer­cial devel­op­ments to gen­er­ate employ­ment out­comes while address­ing food secu­ri­ty, wel­fare-to-work tran­si­tion and poor health and socio-eco­nom­ic out­comes cur­rent­ly experienced.

The WEPP includes a 130ha lease area con­tain­ing a train­ing cen­tre facil­i­ty (com­mer­cial kitchen, cool rooms, class­rooms, laun­dry, ablu­tions, demount­a­bles) and 50 mega­l­itre water licence (addi­tion­al water is avail­able from an unused 2100 mega­l­itre licence held by AHPL). Activ­i­ties include on-the-job train­ing in fenc­ing, hor­ti­cul­tur­al plot devel­op­ment, irri­ga­tion, weed­ing and plant health, prop­a­ga­tion and estab­lish­ment. The WEPP is part of a broad­er holis­tic plan to devel­op viable and sus­tain­able pri­ma­ry indus­try on the land trust to sup­port the emer­gence of a diverse com­mer­cial eco­nom­ic foun­da­tion, pro­vid­ing employ­ment for local peo­ple on their own land and terms and enabling the flow-on of asso­ci­at­ed ben­e­fits to the whole community.

The WEPP includes 3 training/​employment streams: 1) pri­ma­ry school stu­dents; 2) senior school stu­dents; 3) job seek­ers and adult com­mu­ni­ty members.

Listen to Joseph Clarke, Centrefarm Business Strategy Manager, discuss the WEPP on 3KND radio 7/2/2020

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