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Trades & Apprenticeships
Technology plays a major role in modern
horticulture and the state-of-the-art Chisholm
campus at Cranbourne is set up to teach it.
ANDREW ETHERD reports.
Going for growth
Horticulturalist, Ben Scoble, says the trade is continually evolving.
Economists talk about growth,
horticulturalists actually grow
things. Which would you rather be?
There is more to horticulture than fruit
and veg --- it goes from parks, through
landscaping, plant nurseries, and
greenhouses, and out into the open
Ben Scoble left school with no idea
about what he wanted to do. After
trying a variety of jobs, he found himself
working in landscaping. Here he found
''I thought playing with plants was
rather fun, so I got into a retail nursery
called Linton's in Mt Eliza, and started my
apprenticeship. It was a punt, I was 18 at
the time, I went in being as green as you
The Nursery Wholesale apprenticeship
was just what Mr Scoble was looking for.
''Working four days a week and one day
at trade school works really well,'' he says.
''You concentrate on certain areas, so you
are not bouncing all over the shop. One
semester you are learning about the
biology of plants, and the next about
weeds, pests and diseases. It was focused
on what you were doing, it was part of
what you did every day, that's what
separates it from high school where you
learn something because you are told
you need to learn it, instead you learn
things that you are going to use
His apprenticeship completed, Mr
Scoble moved on and up. ''I am now the
nursery manager for an advanced tree
nursery in Narre Warren East, Speciality
But the end of an apprenticeship does
not mean the end of learning, he assures
us. ''You learn things all the time, and
that changes the way people look at
trees, which changes the way we look at
trees and the way we grow trees.''
Horticulture is a career taken up by all
sorts of people, says Tony Bundock,
controlled environment horticulture
leader at the Chisholm Institute of TAFE.
''They can be all ages, from 16 to 75, and
from all backgrounds. Some people are
just looking to enter the industry, while
others are looking for career changes.
''We have had people who were bank
managers, but had had enough of it and
wanted a lifestyle change.''
Technology plays a major role in
modern horticulture and the state-of-
the-art Chisholm campus at Cranbourne
is set up to teach it.
''We've go the most specialised
training centre in the Southern
Hemisphere,'' Mr Bundock says.
''With the glasshouse industry, the
growers are screaming out for good
operators who can understand the
computer-based systems. Most growers
send their managers overseas to do the
training, but with our new glasshouse we
can bring the trainers from overseas and
run courses here. Also the people who
manufacture the technology are looking
to bring out their head trainers and train
the dealers out here. Chisholm staff will
be involved in that, which ultimately
means we can train more people as well.''
Horticulture is a very personal career
choice, Mr Bundock says. ''A lot of people
go into horticulture more for the lifestyle
than the wages. But as you get higher up,
the wages rise. Top glasshouse managers
are earning $120,000 a year.''
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