Work Experience Pilot Project
The Work Experience Pilot Project (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 Ilyarne 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 70ha 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 will 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 is to include 3 training/employment streams: 1) primary school students; 2) senior school students; 3) job seekers.